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Intermediate Blending Manipulatives


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Solidify skills with these open-ended blending activities. The 20 sets are grouped by digraphs, L-blends, R-blends, and S-blends. Each set has 4 to 7 beginning sounds (onsets) and 32 to 34 bases (rimes) that follow the short/long vowel patterns or contain variant vowel phonemes (underlined to signal their occurrence). The final set(s) in each group contains 3-letter blends, which are especially challenging.

Students line up the blends or digraphs. Then they sound out a base, blend it to the initial sounds until they find a word, and place it there.

Active involvement builds accountability. Manipulatives encourage cooperative learning, and students naturally assist one another as a need arises. There are no answer keys for Intermediate Blending because the rimes can often be placed on more than one onset. Students would benefit from reading the words formed, and this could be done with the teacher or another student.

Intermediate Blending, along with SLV Flip Strips and our two syllabication products, provide valuable strategies and activities to use with middle and high school remedial students and in adult literacy programs.

Grade Levels: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Common Core ELA Standards: RF.1.2, RF1.2a, RF.1.2b, RF.1.2c, RF.1.2d, RF.1.3, RF.1.3a, RF.1.3b, RF.1.3c, RF.1.3d, RF.2.3, RF.2.3a, RF.2.3b

PDF Contents: 20 student sets with 32 to 34 bases; 11 pages of teacher information including word families resource list and student recordkeeping checklists


20 student sets
32 to 34 bases per set
11 pages of teacher information