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Thanksgiving CVC Word Matching Activity

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

Practice decoding and spelling CVC words with a fun Thanksgiving-themed matching game for kindergarten students.

CVC words (consisting of a consonant, vowel, consonant) are part of your student’s first set of decodable words.

In this activity, students will match words to pictures to help them isolate sounds and build their reading confidence.

How to Play This Thanksgiving Game for Kids

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

To play, students will read each CVC word and find the matching picture to fill the parking lot.

Scaffolding and Extension Tips + More CVC Word and Picture Matching Card Activities

Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and for full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, comprehension assessments, and more.

Students who need the added challenge can sort CVC word cards into alphabetical order.

If students need more support with words they struggle with, encourage them to use a visual reminder like an anchor chart or alphabet display

Turkey Card Letter Clips 

This version is especially helpful for those students who are struggling to match the letters of the alphabet with words. Gather 26 clothespins and write 1 letter of the alphabet on each one. Students will use the clothespins to spell the word, sounding out each letter one at a time to spell the word depicted by the picture.

Decodable Word Family Activity

Use the cards to match up word families! Students will look for words with the same rime sound at the end of the word (eg, pen and ten, pan and fan). Then have students sort the word cards by their onset.

CVC Word Scavenger Hunt

Hide the CVC turkey cards around the room when your students are not around and put the word cards in the center of the room. Then set your students loose! As soon as they find a piece, they bring it up to the word card location, say the word, and match it with its corresponding word card. 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. 🤪

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Easily Prepare This Thanksgiving Phonics Game for Your Students

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

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This resource was created by Lisamarie Del Valle, a teacher in Florida and a Teach Starter collaborator.

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