So MANY choices! Help your students know and apply word analysis skills identifying the initial consonants in words that begin with two or three consonants.
Some of these words begin with consonant blends. Consonant blends may consist of two or three letters whose sounds are blended together. Each letter within the blend is pronounced individually, but quickly, so they blend together. The most common beginning consonant blends include: bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, pl, pr, qu, sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, str, sw, tr, and tw.
Some of these words begin with consonant digraphs. In a consonant digraph, two consonants stand together to represent a single sound. Consonant digraphs include ch-, ph-, sh-, th-, and wh-. Sometimes these consonant digraphs are called the “h brothers.”
Other words in this set begin with two consonants, and only second consonant is heard, while the first one is silent. These words begin with kn, or wr.
The cards in this set address the blends, the digraphs, the trigraphs, and the silent consonants.
Each of the 317 cards in this product shows a picture. The students must choose the correct consonants for the name of that picture. A word list is included for your reference, listing the words alphabetically by category.
The set is designed for use with paper clips or clothespins. Make the cards self-correcting by placing a sticker on the back behind the correct answer. You might choose to laminate them and use dry-erase markers. We also have our students sort the cards by the initial cluster.
There are a lot of cards in this set. The complexity of the words ranges from grades 2 to 4. We typically choose subsets based on the student needs and have students use only one or two clusters at a time. Advanced students look up the words in the dictionary, alphabetize a given subset of the cards, or write a story using these words as prompts.
Use these cards for individuals, small groups, or whole groups. They are ideal for RTI progress monitoring activities, homework practice, center activities, or games. They may be used by students independently or with guided instruction. They are appropriate for use in a grades 2, 3, and 4 and can be used with special needs children and ESL students.
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