Phoneme Isolation Activities for CVC Short Vowel Words


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Are you looking for activities to practice phonemic awareness with your students? Use these 6 phoneme isolation activities with your students! The variety in these resources make this bundle a great addition to any primary classroom. These phoneme isolation activities can be used whole group, small group, or one-on-one with a teacher or partner.

What’s included:

  • Beginning Sound Bingo
  • What Sound is Missing? Worksheets
  • Where is the Sound? Task Cards & Worksheets
  • Beginning Sound Sorting Cards
  • What Sound Doesn’t Belong? Boards & Worksheets
  • Phoneme Isolation for Initial, Medial, and Final Sounds – Task Cards

Frequently Asked Questions:

– What is phonemic awareness?

Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds, or phonemes, in spoken words. For example, the word bat has three phonemes: /b/ /a/ /t/. The word ship has three phonemes, although it is made up of four letters: /sh/ /i/ /p/. Students that demonstrate phonemic awareness can manipulate sounds they hear in spoken words. It’s important to use a variety of phonemic awareness activities, like phoneme isolation, to teach students how to manipulate sounds.

– What is phoneme isolation?

Phoneme isolation is the ability to identify specific sounds within a word. For example, the first sound you hear in fish is /f/. Students should be able to identify initial, medial, and final sounds in words. CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words are ideal words to use in phoneme isolation activities. Phoneme isolation tasks are meant to be done orally, which is why these activities primarily involve pictures. Students can name the picture out loud and listen for the sounds in the picture name.

– How can I use these activities in my classroom?

Each activity can be used in a variety of ways. For example, the Where is the Sound? task cards can be done with a teacher, but the resource includes a second set with bubble indicators that can be used with a partner. Bingo could be played with a small group or with the whole class. The What Sound is Missing? pages make a great individual or partner activity.


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