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Reading CCVC Words - Picture Puzzle

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 2 pages | Grades: K - 1

Practice decoding CCVC words with this 15 piece picture puzzle.

CCVC words are made by combining consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant (in that order). 

Students will develop phonological awareness in this game by reading the CCVC words and matching them to their corresponding pictures on the board, revealing a completed puzzle.   

Match CCVC Words and Pictures to Complete the Puzzle

Use this resource as a reading center activity, with your guided reading group, or as a whole class activity (see below) to practice decoding CCVC words. 

To play, students will read each CCVC word and cover the matching picture to complete the puzzle. The great thing about this resource is that it is self-checking: when students have finished placing the pieces onto the board, a complete picture is revealed!

The puzzle includes the following list of CCVC words:

  • Snow
  • Stem
  • Sled
  • Crow
  • Slug
  • Flag
  • Crib
  • Crab
  • Clip
  • Swan
  • Frog
  • Stop
  • Ship
  • Drum
  • Star

More CCVC Word Activities + Scaffolding and Extension Tips

This resource can be used for individualized practice, especially if you’ve got fast finishers! You can also use this game to create full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, comprehension assessments, and more. 

Students who need the extra challenge can produce rhyming words for each CCVC word. They can also put the words in alphabetical order.

Invite struggling students to use a visual reminder, like an alphabet display, to sound out words that give them any difficulty. 

Scavenger Hunt

Hide the CCVC word puzzle pieces around the room when your students are not around and put the picture card in the center of the room. Then set your students loose! As soon as they find a piece, they bring it up to the picture card, read the CCVC word, and put it on the matching picture. NOTE: You may want to make a rule of only 1 student at a card at one time. If not, things could get a little crazy! 🤪

Draw It! 

Use this activity as a formative assessment. Pick a random assortment of puzzle pieces and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Have each student pick 3 CCVC words and write them on a separate sheet of paper. Then, have the students draw a picture for each word, showing they’ve read the word and understand what it is.  

Match Me If You Can

In your guided reading group, give each student 3-5 cards that only they can see. Then, point to a picture on the board and have them say the word as a group. The student who has the CCVC word card lays it down face up. The first person to have all their cards face up wins.

Check out 10 helpful scaffolding strategies here! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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