Blending Made Easy with Successive Blending Popsicles

When we are asking our students to decode a CVC word we are asking them to first recall the sound correspondence for the letters, hold those individual sounds in their memory, then go back to blend the sounds together.

Popsicle cvc words successive blending and segmenting

 So not only are we asking them to blend, we are asking them to remember each sound. 

This could be a little much for our beginning readers; it is especially difficult for students with ADD or memory issues.
Isabel Beck, author of  Making Sense of Phonics: The Hows and Whys, explains how to do successive blending so they do not need to hold more than 2 sounds together in their memory at a time.

 How do you do successive blending?

1. Place the letter cards “n” “e” and “t” separated in a pocket chart or on table
2. Point to the “n” and say /n/                                             
3. Point to the “e” and say /e/
4. Physically slide the “e” over to the “n”
5. Slide finger along the “ne” and say /ne/
6. Point to the “t” and say /t/
7. Move the “t” card next to the “ne” to make the word “net”
8. Slide finger under “net” and say “net” slowly
9. Read the word faster

Check out other successive blending ideas.

Then we practice, practice, practice with a lot of fun games and adding movement!

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