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Consonant Blends Games & Activities

Instructor: Abigail Cook
Games and activities are a fun way to get students motivated and excited about learning. This lesson includes suggestions for games that may be used to practice consonant blends.

Consonant Blends

In 2000, the National Reading Panel published a report detailing the most effective teaching strategies for reading. Two of those strategies, critical to sound reading instruction, are phonics and phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is understanding that spoken words can be broken into smaller segments, or phonemes. Phonics is the knowledge that letter symbols represent sounds and can be put together to make different words. Understanding these two components of reading are the foundation to reading fluently and comprehending what you've read.

The ability to read consonant blends is a key part of understanding phonemic awareness and phonics. Teachers can help their students learn this skill by modeling, reading practice, worksheets, and assessment. However, most students are motivated by learning games and activities. Let's look at a few ways to make consonant blend practice fun.

Bingo

  • Create bingo game sheets with a consonant blend in each square and corresponding cards containing the full word.
  • The caller will pull out a card and read the word, and players will find the consonant blend that matches and cover it with a coin. The first player to get five squares in a row covered wins the game.
  • Example: For the consonant blends bl-, st-, and dr-, the words might be block, star, and dragon.

Picture Match

  • Create consonant blend flashcards and separate picture cards to match.
  • Example: sc- scarf, tw- twig, ch- cheese
  • Students can practice matching each flashcard with the corresponding picture, or play memory where they flip the cards over and find matches by taking turns and flipping the cards one at a time.

Letter Tiles

  • Put letter tiles in a bag. Students take turns pulling one tile out at a time, putting them in their own pile, until someone can come up with a consonant blend using the tiles they've collected.
  • Once they say the consonant blend, they say as many words using that blend that they can think of in ten seconds.
  • Each word equals one point. The game ends when all of the tiles are gone. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.

Picture Flash

  • A teacher or student holds a pile of picture cards in their hand and all players have a pencil and paper.
  • The teacher will show each picture card one at a time and players will write down the consonant blend for each card on their paper. The faster the teacher goes, the more challenging the game will be.
  • When all the cards have been shown, go back and review to see who was able to write all of the blends down.

Word Search

  • Create a word search containing consonant blend words.
  • Have students find and highlight as many words as they can.

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