Do your students need tons of practice decoding and reading words in context? Of course they do! New readers benefit so much from all types of word practice, especially reading. That is why I put this bundle with over 100 free phonics sentences activities together. I want your students to be confident readers, too, so they are completely free for you to download!
So you’ve taught your students a new phonics skill…now what?!
They need time to practice it, of course!
Flashcards? Games? Word searches? Whiteboards?
There are one million different ways to practice phonics. But there is one most important way to practice phonics. Are you ready? 😏
IN CONTEXT. 🙌
(With these free phonics sentences activities, of course!)
Because you and I both know what happens when kids don’t get the opportunity to practice a word in context.
[The word is ship.]
Student: “I see the big /S/…../h/…../i/…./p/…..SIP!”
And you’re thinking, “But we sang the digraph song. And we “shooshed” our neighbors (nicely, of course), and drew “SH’s” in the air making the sound over and over and over again!
We played with “s” and “h” magnets and we kept putting them together and making one sound. And we said /ssshhhh/ as we glued the cotton balls on the big SH on the sheep.
Oh, and our SH circle map is still on the whiteboard! How does sweet Sally not remember that “sh” says /sh/?!?!” 🥴
Why you ask? Because right now, sweet Sally is reading. And she focusing on many things: a sentence, tracking, sight words. Her brain is working hard! And one more thing…
She didn’t get the chance to practice finding and READING words in SH in context.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you hanging with just that super good piece of advice.
The Phonics Sentences Bundle
I’ve got you covered! I’ve written targeted sentences for 100+ phonics skills so that our students can practice their newly learned phonics skills in context.
Then I took that and turned it into one huge bundle of NO PREP phonics sentence activities.
Oh, and did I mention it is FREE?!
And for every skill, you guessed it, students will read the words in context.
Yes, there are picture clues.
Why? Because, baby steps!
Also, this helps your students practice independently. They can check their word against the picture clue, which is a real life reading skill *gasp*. 😉
They’re even going to be build some fluency before you star this paper and send it to home.
Phonics Skills Included
- Short Vowel Word Families
- Beginning and Advanced Digraphs
- Beginning Blends
- Ending/Tricky Blends
- Long Vowel Teams
- R-Controlled Vowels
Phonics Activities using the Bundle
Here’s a quick breakdown of how to use these NO PREP free phonics sentences activities:
- First, students highlight or circle ALL target skill words.
- Next students read the target skill words in isolation.
- Then students read each sentence slowly and carefully.
- After that, have students read the entire page three times. Each time they read the page, they will color one smiley face.
- Finally, send it home so they can read it to their parents!
When to use the Phonics Sentences Activities
There are many different ways you can use these pages – they are so versatile! Here are some quick ideas:
- whole group (you can even project these on your white board/smart board and save on copies)
- small group (think guided reading warm-ups)
- partner reading
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