I have to admit it: I’ve become enamored with word-building literacy activities! I just think they are the BEST for learning simple CVC words because they are hands-on, repetitive, and adaptable. The Short ‘i’ CVC Words Build-a-Word Activity for Kindergarten is an amazing way to teach CVC words! All you need to do is download and print to have your students mastering the short ‘i’ vowel sound in no time!

Short i Word Building Cards

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Materials for the CVC Word Building Task Cards

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter
  • Dry Erase Marker
  • Task Card Box

Learning About Short Vowel Words:

kINDERGARTEN LITERACY CENTERS

BREAKING APART THE SOUNDS IN EACH SHORT VOWEL CVC WORD IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN WORD BUILDING.

Teaching students to read is no small task! It requires systematic instruction in letter/sound relationships. Word building is ideal because it introduces the idea that each sound in a word corresponds to a specific letter.

I love practicing CVC words because they are predictable. We’ll save all those English language ‘exceptions’ for AFTER the students are fluent with CVC word families.

This free literacy center for kindergarten should be introduced with a lot of scaffolding at first. As students become familiar with the steps in building words from the CVC words list, they can work independently during guided reading centers.

The printable CVC word list included in this activity:

  • bib
  • fib
  • rib
  • big
  • fig
  • rig
  • pig
  • jig
  • wig
  • dig
  • bin
  • fin
  • pin
  • dim
  • rim
  • dip
  • lip
  • zip
  • fix
  • six
  • mix
  • kid
  • lid
  • pit
List of short I CVC words

Hands-on word work gives lots of opportunities for kids to explore:

  • Vocabulary
  • Phoneme segmentation
  • Phoneme-grapheme matching
  • Reading CVC words
  • Spelling

What Can Kindergarteners Learn From CVC Activities?

building words with kindergarteners

ASKING STUDENTS TO IDENTIFY EACH SOUND IN THE WORD CREATES GREAT DECODING HABITS.

All words are made up of sounds (phonemes). Each phoneme corresponds to specific letter(s) patterns (graphemes).

The sooner children understand that important concept, the easier it will be for them to begin decoding unfamiliar words instead of memorizing sight words.

Encourage phoneme segmenting by:

  • Hold up a finger as you stretch each sound in a word
  • Physically move a counter/manipulative as you say each sound
  • Play CVC word games, like the teacher says each sound in a word and the students guess what word
  • Use the short ‘i’ CVC word pictures to practice stretching sounds
Short I CVC Activity

Why Is It Important For Kids To Build Words?

There’s more to this list of CVC words for kindergarten than adorable pictures! Your students will gain a firm foundation for learning to read, just by making short ‘i’ words.

Improves Decoding: Word-building really drives the point home that reading is not guessing or memorizing! Children will gain confidence in their ability to match letters to sounds and blend them into words.

Nurtures Spelling: Although we’re not typically giving kindergarteners a spelling list just yet, all of this word-building supports future spelling skills.

Develops Letter Fluency: Consistent practice with word building helps early readers become very fluent at identifying letters and sounds.

Improves Phonemic Awareness: Phonemic awareness is the ability to manipulate spoken sounds in words. Research shows that strong phonemic awareness leads to less difficulty learning to read.

Materials needed for Short ‘i’ CVC Words Build-a-Word Activity for Kindergarten:

  • Printer
  • Printer paper or card stock (user preference)
  • Paper cutter
  • Laminating materials
  • Letter tiles (optional)
Jig CVC Short i word building card


How To Use This Short ‘i’ Word Building Activity

BUILDING SHORT ‘I’ WORDS IN KINDERGARTEN

EXPLICITLY TEACH EACH STEP IN THE WORD-BUILDING PROCESS TO ENSURE YOUR STUDENTS GET THE MOST OUT OF THE ACTIVITY.

First, print the CVC word cards and letters. I included a color version and a black-and-white version.

Next, cut the letters at the bottom of each page. If you have letter tiles instead, you can just cut off the bottom of each page and you’re good to go!

Finally, laminate your pieces and cut them out. Store the CVC word cards in a plastic storage bag, photo box, or another storage container for ease of use.

To play:

  1. Say the picture.
  2. Stretch each sound in the word by pointing to each box.
  3. Place the corresponding letter into each box.
  4. Blend the sounds together to read the word.
  5. Repeat with the next picture.
Short i Word Building Cards

Other Ways To Use Short ‘i’ CVC Word Cards:

Oral Language

Use the engaging picture cards as conversation starters. Students can pick a card, then tell about a personal connection, or maybe ask a question about the card.

Handwriting

Some of your students might be ready to write the letters in the box instead of placing individual letters. Use dry/wet-erase markers to practice writing the CVC words.

Rhyming

The picture cards can also be used as a sorting activity. Students pick a card and identify the word. Then, they place it in a pile with words that have the same ending.

Short i Word Building Cards
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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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