A set of beautifully designed templates for students to practice blending and segmenting words.
Segmenting Words and Blending Sounds
Being able to segment decodable words into their individual sounds (phonemes) is such an important reading skill. Help struggling readers practice their phonemic awareness with some interactive segmenting using these segmenting and blending mats! Here’s how:
- Students choose one of the CVC words and place it on the decoding mat.
- They decode the individual sounds within the word, tapping the sound icon (planet, lily pad, or flower) as they vocalize each sound.
- After students have segmented the word into individual sounds, they blend the sounds together.
- They trace the arrow at the bottom of the decoding mat with their finger while saying the word.
Interactive Segmenting and Blending
Choose to implement this resource in your classroom in many ways.
- Attach the tokens (rockets, frogs, or bees) to craft sticks. Students use these as pointers when segmenting words and blending the sounds.
- Give students multiple tokens to cover each sound icon as they say the sound and practice their phoneme segmentation. Students blend sounds while using another token to trace the line at the bottom of the mat.
- Place the decoding mats in write and wipe sleeves. Write additional words for your students to practice blending and segmenting.
Teach Students Important Literacy Skills
Use these segmenting and blending mats during guided reading lessons and small group instruction. You could even set up the decoding mats as an independent workstation.
When working in small groups, track the progress of your students using the included tracking sheets.
- Write the word they are segmenting and blending.
- Check the CVC or CVCC/CCVC circles to indicate if they have segmented the sounds correctly.
- Record how they blended the sounds together.
- Make any notes that you observe.
Each blending and segmenting mat design has two versions. One for CVC words and the other for CVCC/CCVC words. The resource also includes cards with CVC words and CVCC/CCVC words.
There are color and black and white options available via the drop-down menu.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.
Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes).
Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
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