Once students have mastered alphabetic principles and beginning sounds, it's time to introduce CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant words like cat). Finding engaging, low-prep kindergarten CVC Word activities and printables can be a challenge. So often you'll find boring worksheets or time-consuming printables with tons of cutting, sorting, and laminating. This post is all about effectively using simple, low-prep but highly engaging CVC Activities for the kindergarten classroom.
Just like when introducing letters and sounds, I find it's best to set up a predictable routine when teaching students how to read and write CVC words. Using fun, engaging, low-prep resources to supplement your phonics curriculum is an easy way to do this.
Introducing words by short vowel sounds is a great way to help students master sounds and build confidence. Start with short a words and you can practice building and manipulating words with just the /a/ sound. This will give your students confidence that they can read words. It's like magic when that lightbulb goes off! Then you'll be ready to move on to each short vowel and do a review of all the short vowel sounds at the end.
Set a Routine with Short Vowel CVC Word Anchor Charts and Activities
Anchor charts are a great way to engage your whole group or even small groups. To encourage engagement you can add corresponding worksheets or workbooks so your students can work along while you create the anchor chart as a group.
This set of short vowel anchor charts includes 3 different activities for each short vowel. There's a word-building activity, a reading CVC word activity, and a picture short by middle sounds. Each activity includes corresponding student worksheets. All you'll need to do is print, cut, and use. In my classroom, I always used short anchor chart paper like this (Amazon affiliate link).
Incorporate Fun CVC Word Activities and Crafts
When you keep your activities and routines consistent, it helps your students to be more independent. You'll limit distractions and interruptions while keeping students on task in meaningful learning.
During our alphabet routines at the beginning of the year (click here to read about them), we made a hat for each letter and the kids absolutely loved it!
So when planning our CVC word activities, we included these short vowel hats as a center rotation. It kept things predictable while giving students another way to practice with short vowel sounds.
Your craft doesn't have to be hats, the key is just to keep things consistent to promote student independence.
Use low-prep, hands-on short vowel CVC word Centers
When it comes to centers and independent activities, I'm all for keeping things simple and low-prep. You don't need to spend hours printing and cutting and laminating cutesy centers to engage your students. I prefer to print simple full-page or half-page center mats and add simple manipulatives like magnet letters, mini erasers, or other tools.
These printable CVC word centers require minimal cutting, but your students will still be actively engaged in meaningful phonics practice. Just print, laminate, and add manipulatives or dry erase markers. These are simple enough to prep that you could send them home for a parent volunteer to prep without stressing out about doing it properly.
Looking for the right manipulatives? I love these magnet letters and these snap cubes. Amazon has good deals on Play Doh packs (or check your local big box store like Costco). Mini erasers, like these, are great, too! (Please note: These are all Amazon affiliate links. I earn a small comission if you choose to purchase using these links. This helps keep the blog up and running.)
CVC Word Printables & Activities
Using a similar format for each short vowel helps students to understand expectations and helps to set routines. When activities become routine, students are able to complete them independently. This frees up your time to pull small groups or individual students for reteaching or enrichment.
This set of CVC word worksheets is great to use to create a CVC word workbook. You can use these in small groups, as a center rotation, or even for morning work activities.
These interactive short vowel books are perfect center activity. Each vowel has the same format to keep things predictable. You'll only have to show students how to complete the activity once and they will be able to complete each book.
Digital CVC Word Activities for Kindergarten
Whether you need digital activities for virtual learners or to use in-person in your center rotations, these interactive CVC word activities for Seesaw (or Boom Cards) are a great way to engage your students in independent practice.
Using a platform like Seesaw or Boom Learning gives you a consistent center activity that requires minimal instruction. Kids can just log in and do the assigned activities. You can read more about using Seesaw in the kindergarten classroom here.
What other Kindergarten CVC word activities do you love?