Teaching Tip for Blending

Last month I shared the Throword game for blending.  Blending cards are another fun way for children to practice their blending skills.  Use card stock to cut the following-

The initial sound cards are 9 cm x 3 cm (3.5 in x 1 in) with a 2.5 cm (1 in) bump protruding from the middle on the right side.

The vowel cards (you only need 5) are the same size, with the indentation of the bump cut out of the left side.

The final sound cards are the same size, but just a rectangular shape.

On the bump of the initial sound cards print the following letters:  b, d, f, h, j, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, y, z (you can include c and g, but don’t use them when blending with ‘e’ or ‘i’.)   On the narrow strip of the vowel cards, print:  a, e, i, o, u.  On the final sound strips, print the following (in the middle so they line up with the other letters):  b, d, g, m, n, p, t, (you can also add ff, ll, ss, zz, and ck).

Lay the cards out with the initial sound cards on the left, the vowel cards in the middle and the final sound cards on the right.   Call out a word (eg hip) the children choose the initial ‘h’, the vowel ‘i’ and the final ”p’ and then fit them together to make the word and read it.  

Variations:  have the children select one of each and read the word  they make (may be nonsense but that is OK); child/teacher or child/child/child each selects a card(s) and creates a word together to read; build with one vowel only to begin with to simplify; have children list the words they create on paper; make sets for each child to use at school or take home; make a large teacher set for modelling.

NOTE: Thanks to special permission from the family of Dr. Denis H. Stott, we  now offer Blackline Master 13 – Blending Cards in a reproducible format.