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!

You can find this resource by clicking on the picture. 

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Teaching Autism

    Great blog post, thanks for sharing this info 🙂

    Teaching Autism

    1. Debora Marines

      You are so welcome!

  2. Unknown

    The "sliding the letters together" method works so well for my own kids. Great advice.

    1. Debora Marines

      Hope it helps!

  3. Teaching Little Leaders

    Thanks so much for sharing! I'll definitely try this out 🙂 Blending letters together has been helpful for my kiddos so I think they'll benefit from sliding the letters too!

    1. Debora Marines

      Hope it helps!

  4. Taryn's Unique Learning

    We use a blending board for Orton Gillingham instruction. We slide our hand across the top of the letters but I want to try it this way as well. Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. Debora Marines

      Thanks! I will have to check out Orton Gillingham.

  5. Kinder My Heart

    Sometimes we are so used to naturally saying a word, we can forget our students need to see the word in action.Thank you!

    1. Debora Marines

      Movement sometimes helps!

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