CVC words are the simple, often rhyming words that we can easily use our phonological awareness to read. Think about the CVC word “cat”. There are three distinct sounds (c/a/t). As teachers, it is our job to focus students attention on these individual sounds.

CVC sliders (keep reading to find out how to make your class set) are a great way to do this. I find these work really well in small group or individual instruction. Begin by showing the word ending (the vowel and final consonant) to your students. Ask them to then identify the letter sounds (for example, c/a/t). Next, ask them to blend the final two sounds (c/at). Finally, ask them to add the initial sound (/c) to their blended sound (/at) to make the word. If they have any difficulty doing this, help them out be saying the sounds together but in an exaggerated way (c—at, c–at, c-at, cat). Demonstrate moving the initial sound slider up to reveal the next initial sound. Ask students to read the new word. Continue until all words have been read.

How to make your class set of sliders:

Head on over to my TpT store to grab your copy now. Print and laminate all pages. Cut the word ending pages into quarters, and carefully cut around the outer edge of the initial sound sliders.

These are the word ending pages. Cut each of these pages into quarters.

CVC Sliders 1

These are the initial sound sliders. Carefully cut around the outer edge of each slider.CVC Sliders 2

Use a sharp blade/knife to carefully cut a slit across the top and bottom of the sign the child is holding.

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Start at the bottom of the word ending page and carefully weave the slider through the back and then through the slit at the top. If assembled correctly, your sliders should be able to slide up and down to create new words. Here’s what they should look like:

CVC Sliders 5          CVC Sliders 6

Your CVC sliders are now ready to use in your classroom!

CVC Sliders 4

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