CVC onset rime puzzles are a fun way to help beginning readers learn how to recognize common chunks in words such as “at” and “ip.” These print and play CVC puzzles make an awesome addition to a literacy center, word work station or guided reading group.
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To prep for the CVC puzzles activity, I began by printing the cards (below) on cardstock to give them extra durability. Then, I cut along the lines to separate the pieces and ran them through my laminator for added strength.
CVC Puzzle Time
Before we dove into the CVC puzzles, I modeled how to break a CVC word into an onset and rime.
Using “cat” as an example, I slid together both halves of the puzzle as I said the word slowly – emphasizing the onset “c” and the rime “at.”
The kids practiced saying “cat – /c/ /at/” with me and then they worked in pairs to solve the rest of the puzzles in the set. Each time they found a match, I had them say the onset and rime separately and then slide the halves together as they said the whole word. The hands-on action was a great visual for teaching their brain how to combine parts of words together.
The kids in my class loved solving the puzzles and the activity became a fast favorite at our word work station!
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