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S-Blends Word List

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

Introduce and explore words containing an initial s-blend using an s-blends word list.

Grow Readers and Writers with S Blend Words

The ability to blend consonants together is an important skill to learn when decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) words. This list of 50 words containing an initial s-blend (the consonant “s” followed by another consonant) has been compiled to assist you in implementing your phonics program in your classroom. The initial letter “s” is paired in the following ways:

  • st (as in star)
  • sn (as in snap)
  • sp (as in spot)
  • sw (as in swim)
  • sm (as in smog)
  • sc (as in scab)
  • sk (as in skate)
  • sl (as in slid)
  • sk (as in sky)

Multiple Applications for This S-Blends Word List 

This literacy resource can be used in numerous ways to support the diverse needs of your learners. Here are some of our suggestions:

Words With Blends – Whole Class Phonics Instruction

Project the word list on your interactive whiteboard. As a class, color-code the words according to the consonants being blended with the initial “s”. Challenge the students to identify more words that begin with each s-blend.

Individual Consonant Blends Word List for Extra Practice

Send the lists home so your students can revise decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) the words on the list. Be sure to include only words containing letter-sound correspondences you have already addressed in class.

Assess Skills with Blended S Using a Word List

Use the word list as a progress monitoring tool to keep track of your students’ phonemic awareness and to identify the various s-blends that require further review. 

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