This printable resource provides a manipulative and visual for blending an initial consonant or digraph sound with a phonogram. Other words for phonogram include: word family and rime.
By teaching the skills of blending through compound words and onset-rime, we are starting with the “bigger chunks” of language. This will prepare children for the important and frequently challenging skills of blending individual sounds in CVC (Consonant-Vowel-Consonant) words.
Learning to manipulate rimes in this way will also help children who are struggling with the skill of rhyming. Rhyming is an important component of phonological awareness and is made more concrete and visual with word wheels. The development of phonological awareness gives children a strong foundation for literacy skills.
Word Wheels Set 1 is comprised of these 20 word families: at, an, ot, ay, ee, ip, am, op, ed, in, ag, ap, ug, ab, ob, it, um, un, ash, and aw. There is also a bonus word wheel using the /oo/ phonogram as it is an easy one to blend and can have a very silly and motivating ending by saying, “you, you, you!”
Word Wheels Set 2 is comprised of these 20 word families: ake, ame, ate, ice, ide, ine, ore, ell, ill, eed, ack, ank, est, ick, ing, ink, ail, ain, eat, and ock.
The brain is a recognizer of patterns. By learning to recognize and read the 40 phonograms provided in Word Wheels Set 1 and Word Wheels Set 2, we give children access to over 500 primary grade words!
Check out this YouTube video for the tutorial and demonstration of the song cue used with the printable Word Wheels.
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