Playdough – Substituting Sounds in CVC Words

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Beginning sounds, rhyming and CVC segmenting and blending are key skills when learning how to read and write. But where do we grow from there? How can we keep a literacy center the same and yet build on those skills already mastered?

How can we keep a literacy center the same and yet build on those skills already mastered?

playdough word work - substituting sounds in CVC words KindergartenWorks

This was something I faced for the first time this year with making adjustments to the new Common Core Standards since creating my centers. Previously my word work literacy center was meeting my students’ needs. But we really condensed the amount of time we taught all of our reading skills into three quarters, and now I had an entire quarter left of school and a new set of standards that needed practice.

What to do?

My word work center is nicknamed the playdough center by the students. They L-O-V-E it! We use it to grow from forming letters, identifying them, and basic skills to… I had to come up with something!

So, ta-daah! I created an extension set of activities that I tried out on my kinders this spring and summer.

playdough word work - substituting sounds in CVC words KindergartenWorks

The new activities and sight words helped allow those ready for a challenge to get it, and those on target to make their skills super smooth!

playdough word work - substituting sounds in CVC words KindergartenWorks

We can now use what we know about sounds to change them, add them and create our own words by manipulating ending and medial sounds! I am happy that these include both real and nonsense words since we do utilize Dibels.

playdough word work - substituting sounds in CVC words KindergartenWorks

They work with manipulatives like magnetic letters and dry erase markers too.

And I’ve added 88 sight words to the mix! This covers all of the Pre-Primer Dolch words list and the first 100 Fry high frequency words when combined with the original Playdough Word Work Pack. I’ve also included number words 1-10.

playdough word work - substituting sounds in CVC words KindergartenWorks

Of course we’ve got to keep it all organized so it lives in the same location just with the new materials all set to go!

playdough word work - substituting sounds in CVC words KindergartenWorks

 

playdough word work - substituting sounds in CVC words

New Playdough Word Work Extension Pack

Original Word Work Pack

Is this something your class could use too? It’s designed to build on the original pack – so be sure to grab that first!

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  1. This is great! I haven’t been able to use play dough because of my students allergies. The district purchased a set of gluten, wheat, egg free play dough and the letter and number dough stampers. What I don’t have is the cool holder you have for the stampers. Do you know where I can purchase one? So excited to have this word work station next year!!

    1. That is very neat that you district purchased that for you! So great! I bought the holder originally from Lakeshore, but I’m not sure they carry it anymore. Someone else once told me they use a scissors holder or a cylinder-ice cube tray instead. Maybe that’d work!

  2. I just bought this pack and am SUPER EXCITED to implement into my word work station! Can’t wait to see how excited my kiddos are too!

  3. Where did you find the “holder” for the alphabet stampers? I have looked everywhere and cannot find one. I got the stampers at Lakeshore, but they say they do not have the holder. Thanks!

  4. My kids call it the playdough center too-I don’t think they realize how much learning they’re getting out of their playdough time 🙂 ~Meredith

  5. My kids call it the playdough center too-I don’t think they realize how much learning they’re getting out of their playdough time 🙂
    ~Meredith

  6. I love your original pack, so I know this pack is a must! 🙂
    Super excited about it! 🙂

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