Phonics

Phonics Practice Worksheets: Phonics Prep

Ten Years ago, Kathleen Law and I wrote Phonics Book 1, Phonics Book 2 and Phonics Book 3 for Teacher Created Material. These books today are still widely used. When we look at them, they still make us tired! We were asked to write these books in a six-week period, right in the middle of a school-year. Lots of nights with no sleep is what I remember.



To celebrate these books' 10th Anniversary, we have written a 10-Part Phonics Prep Series that we know you will find useful both in either the classroom and homeschool settings.



Set 1: Alphabet Worksheets offers 108 pages of alphabet letter and sound practice that have been designed for students moving into reading. Four pages are devoted to each letter. They include the following: A handwriting trace page, A beginning sound identification page, A missing letter page, A letter hunt page.








Set 2: Ending Sound Worksheets provides phonics practice that focus on final sounds. The consonants that are featured include: b, c, d, f, g, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, x, and z. Because of sound spellings, J and Z just have one page apiece. The remaining consonants have two pages devoted to final sounds.They include:
1) A final sound identification page 2)A missing letter page







Set 3: Vowel Worksheets provides phonics practice that focus on vowel sounds. Both short and long vowel sounds are featured. Six pages are devoted to each vowel. They include: 1) A short vowel identification page 2)A short vowel choose the word page 3)A long vowel identification page 4)A long vowel missing letter page 5)A match-up page featuring the short and long vowel sounds 6)A short vowel/long vowel identification page







Set 4: Consonant Digraphs Worksheets provides phonics practice that focus on consonant digraphs. Both beginning and ending digraph sounds are featured. Two pages are devoted to each of the following consonant digraphs: sh, ch, th, wh, ph, ck, and ng. One page allows students to listen for the digraph sound; the other page reinforces the written form of the digraph through handwriting. Eight review pages complete this digraph packet.






Set 5: Vowel Digraphs and Diphthongs Worksheets provides phonics practice that focus on vowel diphthongs and digraphs. Two pages are devoted to each of the following vowel diphthongs or digraphs: oy, ow, oo as in hood, oo as in moon, aw, ue, and ee. One page allows students to listen for the diphthong or digraph sound; the other page reinforces the written form of the sound through handwriting. Eight review pages complete this packet.






Set 6:  Word Family Worksheets provides phonics practice that focus on word families. One page is devoted to each of the following word families: -ad, -ag, -am, -an, -ap, -at, -ed,    -en, -et, -ig, -in, -ip, -it, -og, -op, -un, -ug, and -ut. Each word family page provides the opportunity for students to stamp, trace, and write word family words. Seventeen word family review pages complete this packet.







Set 7: Consonant Blends Worksheets provides phonics practice that focuses on consonant blends. Pages highlight l-blends (bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl), r-blends (br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr), and  s-blends (sk, sm, sn, sp, st, sw).  Following the pages that feature the individual blends, students have the opportunity to work on each of the three groups of blends by sorting pictures, matching blending sounds with their letters, writing blends to complete word spellings, and circling  words with the correct blend.






Set 8: Word Endings Worksheets provides phonics practice that focuses on word endings. Pages highlight the word endings -ed, -ing, and -s. Students have the opportunity to work on each of the three word endings by circling the word endings, writing the word endings, and identifying the correct word ending.








Set 9: Bossy R Worksheets provides phonics practice that focus on R-controlled vowels. Pages highlight the “bossy-r” combinations ar and or as well as the combinations that make the /er/ sound (spelled er, ir, and ur). Students have the opportunity to identify pictures with the r-controlled vowel sounds and write the letter combinations that make these sounds. Eight review pages complete this unit.







Set 10 Contraction Worksheets: provides phonics practice that focus on contractions. Students have the opportunity to identify, match and write contractions. The pages can be used as an introduction to contractions or as review pages for students familiar with contractions.

R-Controlled "Bossy-R" Worksheets

This workbook, Part 9 in a series, provides phonics practice that focuses on r-controlled vowels. Pages highlight the “bossy-r” combinations ar and or as well as the combinations that make the /er/ sound (spelled er, ir, and ur). Students have the opportunity to identify pictures with the r-controlled vowel sounds and write the letter combinations that make these sounds. Eight review pages complete this unit.




Phonics: Consonant Blends for Early Readers

Give your early reader important phonics practice by using this 10-part Phonics Prep series based on our best-selling Phonics Books 1, 2, and 3.



This workbook, Part 7 in our "Phonics Prep" series, provides phonics practice that focuses on consonant blends. Pages highlight l-blends (bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl), r-blends (br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr), and  s-blends (sk, sm, sn, sp, st, sw).  Following the pages that feature the individual blends, students have the opportunity to work on each of the three groups of blends by sorting pictures, matching blending sounds with their letters, writing blends to complete word spellings, and circling  words with the correct blend.

Other products in the series:




Phonics Prep Series: Word Family Worksheets

This workbook, Part 6 in a series, provides phonics practice that focuses on word families. One page is devoted to each of the following word families: -ad, -ag, -am, -an, -ap, -at, -ed,    -en, -et, -ig, -in, -ip, -it, -og, -op, -un, -ug, and -ut. Each word family page provides the opportunity for students to stamp, trace, and write word family words. Seventeen word family review pages complete this packet.




Phonics Prep: Vowel Digraphs and Diphtongs


This workbook, Part 5 in the Phonics Prep Series, provides phonics practice that focuses on vowel diphthongs and digraphs. Two pages are devoted to each of the following vowel diphthongs or digraphs: oy, ow, oo as in hood, oo as in moon, aw, ue, and ee. One page allows students to listen for the diphthong or digraph sound; the other page reinforces the written form of the sound through handwriting. Eight review pages complete this packet.






Phonics Prep: Consonant Digraphs


This 24 page workbook, Part 4 in a the Phonics Prep Series, provides phonics practice that focuses on consonant digraphs. Both beginning and ending digraph sounds are featured. Two pages are devoted to each of the following consonant digraphs: sh, ch, th, wh, ph, ck, and ng. One page allows students to listen for the digraph sound; the other page reinforces the written form of the digraph through handwriting. Eight review pages complete this digraph packet.


Other parts of this 10-part series include:





Phonics Prep: Parts 3 &4

The 10-part Phonics Prep Series is designed to meet the needs of early readers.

This 34 page workbook, Part 2 in Phonics Prep Series, provides phonics practice that focuses on final sounds.
The consonants that are featured include: b, c, d, f, g, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, x, and z.
Because of sound spellings, J and Z just have one page apiece. The remaining consonants have two pages devoted to final sounds.They include:
1) A final sound identification page
2)A missing letter page





This 36 page workbook, Part 3 in a series, provides phonics practice that focuses on vowel sounds. Both short and long vowel sounds are featured. Six pages are devoted to each vowel. They include:
  1. A short vowel identification page
  2. A short vowel choose the word page
  3. A long vowel identification page
  4. A long vowel missing letter page
  5. A match-up page featuring the short and long vowel sounds
  6. A short vowel/long vowel identification page

The 10-part Phonics Prep Series is designed to meet the needs of early readers.

Phonics Prep 10-part Series

This 108 page “Phonics Prep” workbook, the first in a series, provides phonics practice that focuses on letters and sounds. 


It has been designed for students moving into reading. Four pages are devoted to each letter. They include the following: 

A handwriting trace page
A beginning sound identification page
A missing letter page
A letter hunt page



The workbook pages are suited to being assigned on four consecutive days. Because the pages reinforce different aspects of alphabet recognition and the sound-symbol relationships within the alphabet, students can also complete more than one page during a work period if preferred. The workbook pages can be copied front and back or individually.


Look for the entire phonics prep series to be completely added to our teacher store by the end of this week, just in time to meet your back to school needs.




Decoding Words: Nonsense and CVC Word Fluency

One of the goals of the Common Core Strands of Phonics and Word Recognition is to help students use sounds to read words. Working with consonant and vowel sounds, Nonsense Words, CVC words, and high frequency words helps students move into reading.






This packet includes lessons and worksheets to help your students decode real and nonsense words. Contents include: 

Gumball Bingo: Reading Nonsense Words
Butterfly Decoding: Decoding Words: CVC, Blends, Digraphs
Fish Pond: Decoding CVC and CVCe Words
Dino Discovery: Fluently Reading a set of Nonsense Words

Decoding Worksheets: Independent Practice.

Ten Early Learning Games


Practice early learning skills and have kids begging for more!
This set of ten fun, fast-paced learning games features five early learning skills and is strategically linked to Common Core Standards.

A special algorithm allows for a match to be made every time!



Contents include:

Dinosaur Alphabet Match Up: Matching and identifying lowercase letters.

Circus Time: Matching and identifying uppercase letters.

Yee Haw Sight Word Match: Matching and identifying sight words. (The words in this set correlates with the Wonders Reading Program.

Pool Party Match Up: Matching and identifying sight words. 

Garden Party Sight Words: Matching and identifying sight words. 

2D Shape Match Up: Matching and identifying 2-D shapes. 

3-D Match Up: Matching and identifying 3-D shapes.

Number Match Up Level 1: Matching and identifying numbers.

Number Match Up Level 2: Matching and identifying numbers.


Lil’ Artist:  Matching and naming colors.

Digraphs and Diphthongs

One of the goals of Phonics and Word Recognition is to help students use sounds to read and write words. Working with consonant and vowel sounds, beginning phonics rules, CVC words, and high frequency words helps students move into reading.




Our Digraph and Diphthong packet includes worksheets and four games to help your students understand and use digraphs and diphthongs. The games vary in style and format and can be easily adapted to support struggling students or to challenge high-achieving students.




Letter Paddles



Looking for another way to read words? Check out these letter paddles Kathleen just purchased for her classroom from Lakeshore (Don't you wish all teachers owned stock in that company?). There are 26 paddles in a sturdy storage box - the uppercase letter is on one side and the lowercase letter is on the other. The paddles can be used to make CVC and CVCe words as well as words with blends and digraphs. 


The letter paddles generated a lot of interest and enthusiasm! Two students held the rime of the word while six other students took turns holding different beginning consonants. The students were eager to hold the paddles; more importantly, even struggling students enthusiastically volunteered to read the words formed when their classmates held the paddles.