Looking for a way to reinforce those tricky beginning blends? Try these free clip cards!
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So… are you teaching someone to read?
How’s it going with those CVC words?
By “CVC” I mean consonant-vowel-consonant. Words like cat, sit, and hop. We usually start reading instruction with these simple words. After children have mastered them, it’s time for the next step: beginning blends.
For many children, substituting a blend for that first consonant makes the reading much trickier.
To help tackle those tricky blends, I’ve created a set of beginning blend clip cards that focus on the following letter combinations:
- br, cr, dr, tr, gr, fr, pr
- cl, gl, fl, bl, pl
- sc, sk, tw
But I didn’t want these to be too easy. If I made the choices for the above card, crab, a choice between three different blends – it would be almost like an exercise in beginning sounds. For example, it wouldn’ t be hard to pick “cr” from cr, tr, and pr.
So I made them tougher.
I always kept that single letter on the cards so that your child will have to determine whether or not the word begins with a blend. Because some of the cards don’t begin with a blend.
In fact, for the first few cards my Four always went for that single letter. I had to help him see that we needed to check if a second letter was close behind.
My Four knows his letters sounds without even having to think about them. He breezed right through my beginning sound clip cards. But these blend cards were quite challenging. Here are some ways I helped him determine the answer:
- I read all the choices to him after he named the picture.
“What’s the picture?”
“Okay, so we have /gr/, /gl/, and /g/. Which sounds starts the word GLue?” (I emphasized that beginning blend.)
*P.S. Whenever I have letters between forward slashes (as in /gr/), I am referring to the phonetic sound of the letters, not the letter names.
- We made words with each of the choices to see which sounded right.
“Let’s try saying glue with different beginnings. Gr… that would make it say grue. Gl… that makes it say glue. And plain old g makes it say goo. Which one is right?”
I’ll be honest – this wasn’t easy! And after doing a smallish stack, my little guy had had enough. I think we need to take a step back and focus more on playing with those beginning blends. I’m thinking about another printable that would be a first step… so stay tuned!
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Roll & Read Phonics Games – Level 1 – CVC – Blends – Digraphs
These are a fantastic way to help kids read words with beginning blends and digraphs!
Thank you! My daughter loves it so much. She enjoys learning to read now..
ME ENCANTA TODO LO DE TU PAGINA… ES SUPER SOLO QUE TODO ES EN INGLES, ayudo a mi nena reforzandole pues tiene sindrome de down y siempre busco material que le guste y aqui encontre material didactico que me parece increible, el problema es el idioma
Thank you Anna i am so pleased to have found your page. I love that there are so many fun ways to help my DD learn.
You’re very welcome, Yolly!
The Blending Cards you provided us are so amazing. Thank you for doing and giving us, teachers, the right tools to teach so we don’t have to look further. I feel that you always know my crying for help, and you are right there to rescue me. Thank you!
A very grateful teacher,
You’re welcome, Nirva!
You’re so generous, Anna, thank you for sharing all your fantastic resources! These clip cards will really help the children who are struggling with their blending. Thanks again.
You’re very welcome, Alison! Thank you so much for the kind words!
Your work is such a Blessing! Love it!
Thank you so much for the kind words, Carolyn! I hope you find many helpful resources on my site!
Great site! Very helpful for younger students in a fun and hands on approach.
I am wondering if you have sound cover sheets for beginning and ending blends? I see that you have diagraphs, but I have not been seen blends.
Thanks so much,
I do not, but I will put this on my “long term to do list.” 🙂
I help with a tutoring program in my town. We tutor students who are having problems in reading and math in school. It’s a small group. The Director has decided that we do a two week tutor program with K-2 students to help them prepare for the upcoming school year. Your activities are going to be of tremendous help as we don’t have a budget to buy materials. I think the hands on activities that you have produced will keep them engaged and interested. I have also been reading the tips you’ve given to help set up the program. Thank you so much for these wonderful, colorful activities.
Thanks so much for telling me about your tutoring program, Barbara! I hope you find many useful resources on my site to use this summer!
Do you have a recording sheet to go with this activity? Maybe the same picture with a box for the beginning blend and the rest of the word already there? It would be nice to have something where the pictures match perfectly. I need something to hold my students accountable so that I can see if they are making mistakes when they are working independently in stations and I can’t be there to sit with them. Please let me know! Thanks!
Hi Carolyn! No, I don’t have something like that right now. Maybe a future project – but unfortunately I don’t have time to create it at this point.
Thank you Anna !!! Your freebies saved me lot of time .I can’t wait to share with my class.
I’m so glad you can use these, Neelam!
Your blog is absolutely gorgeous!!! We love it cause we always find the most inspiring, hands on and plafyul materials to accompany us on our learning journey!!!! You are a treasure!!!! Thank you sooooooooooooooooo much!!
Thank you so much, Despina! What a wonderful comment to receive!
I am teaching a new reader with Apraxia to “read.” The learner has identified to sound out the phonetic sounds of each individual letter in the alphabet and I would like to see what should be next? I was thinking on moving him on to blending initial consonants (i.e., br, bl, cl, etc) THEN moving onto teaching CVC words. I would like to ensure I start with easy and move on to more difficult reading/decoding. What do you recommend?
Hello, Bridgette! I think you should first focus on HEARING the difference between words that begin with blends and those that don’t. Sometimes that’s tricky. You can use these games: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/6-free-games-for-teaching-beginning-blends/. You can also use my blend clip cards, which require kids to differentiate between words that start with blends and those that don’t: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/free-clip-cards-beginning-blends/
If you find that blends are too hard for your reader, then try CVC words first. You can go back to the blends.
This is a great idea. Thank you.
You’re welcome, Brandy!
I am a retired teacher who tutors because I just love working with kids! I was wondering why the sl blend was not in the l group of blends? Thanks so much for all your hard work!
Sorry – that was just an oversight. I’d add it except we have a newborn and my work time is quite limited! 🙂
I am a speech pathologist and these resources are great!!! Thank you so much for the time you put into making and sharing these for free! Wow!
You’re very welcome, Leslie – so glad you can use them!
My son turns NINE this week and I think I finally figured out that blending is at the root of his difficulty with reading. I am excited to try these cards with him. Thanks so much!
You’re very welcome, Libby! Be sure to search for “blends” in my search bar to find other blends activities.
These look perfect! I made some similar cards a while back when my 3 yr old was struggling with them in reading a little bit – but I made ours go the reverse way (3 pictures to choose from) to match to the blend. But I still think she looked to just match the beginning letter even though we would review the blend sound every time. Now that she’s almost 4 and her reading has just advanced to a point where we just practice reading by whatever interests her, I’ve tried to shift a little more toward helping her understand the phonics better (in preparation for future spelling activities). These should challenge her just the right amount I think.
I’m so glad you can use them, Britni!
You do such a great job! I hope your endorsers pay you what you’re worth. These blended clip cards are perfect. The thought of not putting just blended possibilities as options was brilliant!
Thanks for all your resources, it’s a tremendous help!
Thank you so much for your kind words, Lorene! I’m so glad you like this. Advertisers in the sidebar pay per pageview, so your visits help – thank you. 🙂
Hi, Anna. I just keep finding more and more activities for my first graders! Is there no end to all of the wonderful resources you so generously share with the rest of us? (I certainly hope not!)
Thank you for this new addition to my supply of ELA activities.
Oh, and I figured out how to make the fold-and-read word cards! (Duh! – on my part!)
You’re very welcome, Erin! I hope you keep finding lots more to use in your classroom. 🙂
Hi, these are fantastic but I have a couple of questions about what you might be calling some of the pictures. There are the a few I just can’t work out, this could be because we call things different names in New Zealand, but here are the ones I was not sure of. Would really appreciate your help. The cat (is that ‘clever’) carrot, beach ball, the bear (is that ‘brown’) the saw, the door, the feather, the gate, the pillow or cushion, the turtle, the sandwich,
Hi Liz, I think you have all the names right (it’s a pillow, not cushion). As you can see, some of the pictures do NOT start with blends. (cat, carrot, bear, etc.) This is because I want children to listen closely to hear if another consonant follows the initial one, or if the word begins with a single consonant. I just made these, which you might also find useful: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/6-free-games-for-teaching-beginning-blends/
Hi, I love your blend clip cards, i can’t download them as everytime it takes me to a new page and doesn’t load- any tips??
I’m so sorry I forgot to respond to your comment about your difficulty downloading my clip cards, Leisha! I always direct people to this post, where they find a solution 99% of the time. Please let me know if you still run into trouble! https://www.themeasuredmom.com/how-to-download-free-files/
You have really great ideas. I love your work. They are very helpful.
Thank you, Felicia!
More, more, more of these, please! 🙂 Kay
That’s what I think too, Kay! 🙂 Just trying to stay one step ahead of meal planning and laundry at the same time, agh!
Also, I noticed that the heading page says Rhyming not Beginning Blends! =) email@example.com
Thanks, Alison, fixed it!
Thanks for the clip cards. However, I got ready to print the cards and noticed a mistake on a couple of the cards where the blends don’t match the pictures. These are the cards with the picture of the clock and the skis..
could it be “crosscountry” instead of ski ?
for the clock picture I couldn’t think of any other word that might work with the letters given…
I fixed them both. “Cross country” was a good guess, but it was just a mistake on my part. 🙂
Thanks for catching that, Susan! They’re fixed now.
I can’t download the file. Please help me.
This link has the solution most of the time: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/how-to-download-free-files/