Hi everyone! I wanted to share some ideas for teaching blends in the classroom and a freebie to be able to do just that!
Idea #1: Incorporate phonemic awareness in the morning through fun chants.
These posters I’ve included below each have a chant at the bottom. It’s a simple chant, where I say, fluttering fly fl-fl-fl, plucking plums pl-pl-pl, clustering clouds cl-cl-cl. Chants have been something that have been a part of my classroom since my first day teaching, but I started off with a different chant format that I have improved over the years. I think it also has been a great way to get me to wake-up in the morning, lol! If you got a projector, you can actually project the pdf on the board instead of holding up the posters!
Idea #2: Play a quick game of memory with the blend cards during guided reading.
While these are the size of a full page, did you know that you can actually adjust your pdf printer settings to print 4 to a page? Yes, you can! I’ve included directions to do this. This means you can use these for a quick game of memory during guided reading. Easy, peasy.
Idea #3: Have a “What Begins With….” literacy center.
These can be set-up in a center, and students can write words on a blank sheet of paper that begin with the letter.
Idea #4: Blend up words with the class.
While either projecting the pdf of these on the board or using the blends poster, you can have students write a word on a sticky note that begins with the blend and bring it up to the classroom.
Another idea, you can record words on the board that students blend-up.
Idea #5: Introduce new blend words during guided reading.
During guided reading, you can use the posters (or mini-posters) to introduce any new words that start with the blend.
Idea #6: Ring it up.
You can print 4 to a page, put them on a ring, and have students use them as a writing reference in a writing center/station or for review.
Idea #7: Go on a blend hunt.
Students can use the a mini-version of the blends poster as a reference tool while they are reading. They can then record any newly discovered blend words in a journal or on a piece of paper.
Not only do these activities work great for blends, but they work great for short vowels, long vowels, ending blends, digraphs, and other graphemes!
Here is the freebie! It includes several L blend posters! I hope it helps your students to master those blends!
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10 thoughts on “Blending those Blends & Free Blend Posters”
I love when one printable can be used so many ways! Thanks for sharing your great ideas, Jolene!
Linda at Primary Inspiration
Thank you Linda! 🙂
Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas and for participating in our collaborative linky. 🙂
Nicole and Eliceo
So many fantastic ideas! I think that I could also use the activities as quick sponge activities. Thank you for the posters!
First Grade Schoolhouse
Thanks for the freebie! The blend hunt/notebook is super cute and a great idea!
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Hi! I was wanting to try out your blends posters however, I am having difficulty downloading them. I’ve clicked on every picture and nothing happens.
Your right, they are not working! Thanks for letting me know, and sorry about that. I transferred over from blogger to WordPress this summer, so the links must not have transferred over on this one. I will fix them right away, and here is the link also. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blend-Posters-2360634
I also have a watercolor option of the blend ones free in my store too: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sound-Charts-Chants-for-Blends-Freebie-1168329
Thanks again, and sorry about that!