We really can’t give our new readers enough practice blending CVC words. It’s important to reach all learners by practicing the skills in many ways, which is why I love to incorporate music and movement into my lessons. These videos to teach CVC words are favorites of my students, and I love them too!
There is no better feeling than seeing a child read their very first word. Oftentimes these first words follow consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) patterns. The simple sounds are easy to blend, so they are perfect for new readers who are building confidence.
9 Entertaining Videos to Teach CVC Words with Music and Movement
The CVC videos I have chosen range from instructional teaching to engaging practice. Each one has been tried and tested by my own students!
Learning Videos for the Classroom
While I personally believe these videos are appropriate for first and second grade classrooms, remember that there can often be inappropriate ads before and after YouTube videos. Also, I always recommend previewing the full video before showing it to your class.
If you plan to show YouTube videos in your classroom, I highly recommend that you read this blog post by Catherine, the Brown Bag Teacher. She shares three ways to eliminate YouTube video ads so that you can safely play these learning videos in your classroom.
The Best Videos to Teach CVC Words
The CVC Word Song
This video explains what a CVC word is. It shows several examples of sounding out a word to read it. It has a catchy tune that students love to sing and dance to.
The Reading Machine
In this video there are letters that scroll through to make words in this video. This video is great because you can see the words being created. The narrator in the video asks “is that a word?” after each one is made. This introduces students to the idea of real and nonsense words! You can play it with or without sound if you want your students to practice making the sounds on their own.
Let’s Read! Three Letter Words with “A”
This video is one of my favorites because it shows how a whole word can change by changing one letter. It goes through several different word families with the vowel “a.”
CVC Words: Phoneme Substitution, Deletion and Blending
This video comes straight from Starfall, which may be familiar to some or all of your students. The machine generates a CVC word, then it is sounded out letter by letter and blended. This is a great visual of how to sound out words!
CVC Songs for Each Short Vowel Sound
These videos show how to read CVC words.
First, you see the letters and hear their names. Next, you sound the letters out. Finally, you put the words together!
The best part is there is a video focused on each vowel sound so you can watch a fresh one as you introduce each new vowel sound!
Short Vowel A
Short Vowel E
Short Vowel I
Short Vowel O
Short Vowel U
I love using these videos to enhance my CVC word instruction. I find that it helps reach my students who learn through music and movement.
Do you have any favorite ways to teach CVC words? I would love to know what works with your kids. ☺️ Let me know below. 👇
CVC Blend and Read Activities
Another way I engage my tactile learners is with these CVC Blend and Read pages! They slide their fingers under the letters in the word as they blend the sounds. They also get to cut and glue the matching pictures on the words to make sure that they decode and understand the word. You can check them out here!