Word walls are an excellent classroom tool. Sure, you can slap some words on the wall and forget about them for the rest of the year. OR, you can create a dynamic, accessible, functional tool for your students to use while writing and reading! I love the CVC Word Wall Words for Kindergarten Literacy Centers because they go way beyond cute classroom decor.

– Life Over C's CVC Word Wall Cards with middle vowel short a: pad, mad, lad, dad, gab, dad, cab, vat

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Materials for the CVC Word Wall Cards

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors

Learning About An Interactive Word Wall:

WORD WALL PRINTABLE CVC WORDS FOR KINDERGARTEN
ENGAGE STUDENTS WITH YOUR KINDERGARTEN WORD WALL BY PLAYING GAMES, NOTING ADDITIONS TO THE WORD WALL, AND SHOWING THEM HOW TO USE IT.

Pairing CVC words with pictures helps early readers connect words to objects and make meaning. Each short vowel word card in this set has a picture to accompany the word.

Make sure to introduce each word you put on the wall with great fanfare! Limit additions to the word wall to about five per week so students don’t become overwhelmed with too many unknown words.

The more practice students have reading, spelling, and writing the short vowel words on the word wall, the more confident they will become in all of their literacy skills.

It’s also important to place the words in a spot where children can easily see and touch them (pointers work well for this).

Students can use the word wall for many things, from word worksheets to independent writing time:

  • Pick a word, then write it and draw own picture
  • Choose a word from the wall, then build it with letters
  • Point to a word and have a partner read it, then switch roles
  • Pick a letter from a bucket, then find a word that begins/ends with that sound
– Life Over C's CVC Word cards for use on a Kindergarten word wall.

What Can Kindergarteners Learn From a Word Wall?

CREATIVE WORD WALL IDEAS
TEACHING CVC WORDS WITH A WORD WALL HELPS STUDENTS WRITE AND READ CVC WORDS INDEPENDENTLY.

Other benefits of a classroom word wall include:

  • Can be a great way to refer to vocabulary words or sight words
  • Provides a visual of spelling patterns
  • Pictures accompanied by words help young readers decode
  • Offers visual organization of word patterns

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Short Vowel Sounds?

Learning short sounds before long vowel sounds helps early readers become fluent with consonant sounds and blending simple words.

Enhances Fluency: Decoding simple, predictable words with each short vowel sound helps students gain fluency and confidence in all of their letter sounds before advancing to more complex patterns in the English language.

Fosters Letter/Sound Relationships: Practicing CVC words helps children understand that each sound in a word blends together to form a real word. This understanding is an important precursor to learning more advanced letter patterns.

Helps Discern Vowels: Reading, spelling, writing, and building a variety of short vowel words help children gain automaticity in discriminating among all five vowels.

Improves Oral Language: Hearing and speaking the different short vowel sounds helps children with language. The more they see the difference between /i/ and /e/, for example, the better they become at enunciating those sounds in words.

– Life Over C's CVC Flash Cards

How To Use The Free CVC Word Cards

USING A WORD WALL IN KINDERGARTEN
THE CVC WORD WALL CARDS PAIR WITH THE ALPHABET WORD WALL CARDS.

Print the CVC word/picture cards onto printer paper or white card stock. Then, cut them apart. If you like laminating, you can do that next.

I included header cards for each vowel if you want to sort the words by their middle sound. If you would like to place the words under their beginning consonant, you can use the header cards from my Alphabet Word Wall.

There are many ways to implement word walls into your instruction or literacy center time. Most importantly, keep it a “working document” that you and your students refer to regularly.

– Life Over C's CVC Words on word wall cards.

Extend the Activity:

Guessing Game

Gather students around the word wall for a fun guess-my-word game. Give clues, like, “It begins with /b/. The vowel sound is /e/,” etc. When students become familiar with the routine, they can take turns making up clues!

Chant-a-Word

Spend a few minutes each day chanting/singing words! Point to the word on the word wall and ask students to read it, then chant its letters. Include other large or fine motor movements like snapping, clapping, etc.

Word Hunt

Make a duplicate set of consonant/vowel/ consonant word cards. Shuffle them and place them at the literacy center. Students pick a card, read it (or write the CVC word), and then find its match on the word wall.

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– Life Over C's CVC Word Wall Cards with middle vowel short a: pad, mad, lad, dad, gab, dad, cab, vat
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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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