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Summary: A tried and true phonics game for teaching Consonant Vowel Consonant (CVC) words. Ideal for the classroom and for home. I've had great success using it as part of Guided Reading sessions.

cvc phonics game
(a fun teaching activity to focus on medial short vowel sounds)


- Print the game, laminate the pages and cut them out.
- For storage use seal top bags to avoid the 'temptations' of rubber bands in the classroom :-)

How to play:

1. Two, three or four players sit so they are facing each other.

2. Select a leader to distribute the cards and give five cards to each member of the group, including themselves.

3. Place all the remaining cards in a pile face down in the centre. Next flip one card off the top of this pile and place it face up next to the stack.

4. The dealer reads the card by pronouncing the short vowel sound of the red letter and then the word e.g. If the card is 'fin' the dealer says, 'i like in fin'. If the card is 'hot' the dealer says, 'o like in hot'.

5. The children then look at their cards and take their turn moving to the left around the circle. If they have cards with the same medial sound as the one turned over by the dealer they can place one on top of the pile by saying 'i like in thin' or 'i like in tin'.

6. If they do not have a match in their hand they pick up a card from the facedown pile. If the card they pick up is a match they can put it straight down, if not, they place it in their hand and the next player has a turn.

7. If the player does not have a match but has a CHANGE card in their hand they can change the sound being matched i.e. if say they had the cards 'clap', 'hat' and 'had' they would place down their CHANGE card and say "I'd like to change it to 'a like in had'". All the following players must match
for 'a'.

8. The person who is the first to have no cards left is the winner.

NB The power of this game as a learning tool comes from having the children say 'o like in hot' when playing. Please ensure they keep doing it throughout the learning sessions.

CVC phonics game
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CVC Phonics Game

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CVC Phonics Game

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