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Break It Up! 2-Phoneme Word Segmentation Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Years: F - 2

Practise breaking down words with 2 phonemes into their sounds with this set of 18 task cards.

2-Phoneme Words – Phoneme Segmenting Activity

Early readers typically get stumped on a word for one specific reason. They make the mistake of thinking you must sound out each letter individually. But actually, words are made up of sounds called phonemes. For example: 

  • “It” has 2 phonemes: /i/ and /t/
  • “Boy” has 2 phonemes as well: /b/ and /oy/.

Regardless of how many letters a word has, we read by breaking up words into phonemes. In our Break It Up! 2-Phoneme Word Segmentation activity; students will be breaking down words into their 2 sounds by placing blue cubes for consonants and red cubes for vowels in the correct phoneme circle. 

The best part about this resource is it can be differentiated to suit the different skill levels of your students, If they are just beginning to segment words into phonemes – just get them to use the cubes to identify each sound as they say it. If they are ready to determine the letters, they can use the blue or red based on the vowels and consonants.

Build Reading Accuracy by Breaking Down Words into Sounds

To play, the student will identify the word as written or by its picture. Then they will break the word up into its 2 phonemes. Using blue cubes for consonants and red cubes for vowels, students will sound out the word by placing each phoneme’s cube(s) in a circle. 

Phonemic Segmentation with 2-Phoneme Words

Check out additional ways to use these task cards and dive into how to segment a word.  

Draw It! 

This activity can also be used as a formative assessment. Give students their own set of blue and red cubes and ask them to take out a sheet of paper. Project a picture card on the board for the whole class to see. Have the students identify the word, and break it into its phoneme segments using the cubes. Then, have the students write the word on their paper, draw a line between the 2 phonemes, and draw a picture for the word. 

Scoot Activity

Place the cards on desks around the room with blue and red cubes at each station. Assign student pairs and direct each to a card to start. Give students an appropriate amount of time to read the word and segment it into its phonemes. Then say, “SCOOT” to tell the students will rotate to the next card. Continue in this manner until students have made it through all of the cards.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print the task cards on card for added durability and longevity. Place all game parts in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the *Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

*Note: Both the Google Slides and the PDF include 2 sets of task cards – one set includes the words and another set does not include the word and just has the picture.

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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