We get excited about all the green and rainbow things we can do around St. Patrick’s Day. Those little leprechauns are mystical and so intriguing.
While we’re waiting for the weather to get warmer, we start thinking about spring and the first holiday that is coming our way. As the year progresses, we are still working hard on our curriculum and finding ways to make learning enjoyable.
So if we’re able to make a connection between St. Patrick’s Day and language, our students will find learning interesting and find a love of reading.
We count down the days until the day that we celebrate everything green by reading our collection of St. Patrick’s Day books. And we decorate our classroom with adorable St. Patrick’s Day Handprint Crafts, that are keepsakes our little learners are so proud to bring home. Students fill pots of gold as they practice recognizing and building their names.
In keeping with our St. Patrick’s Day theme, we work on our number sense with our St. Patrick’s Day First to 20 game! The giggles are contagious as our kids race to be the first to make it to 20.
And we wouldn’t have it any other way!!
Because playing literacy and math games is a great way to get kids learning without realizing they’re learning.
Sounding out small words is one of the first steps our littlest learners take when learning to read. When students begin to read we have them isolate what they hear, sound by sound.
To connect this fun holiday with literacy, we’ve created these St. Patrick’s Day CVC Puzzles. These consonant, short vowel, consonant words encourage our emerging readers to take unknown words and stretch them out and blend them together.
Using these CVC puzzles will help your students to build their phonemic awareness using single syllable words in a hands-on way.
Want even more ways to connect learning with holidays? Be sure to take a look at our Holidays Around The World Bundle. It’s full of crafts, powerpoints, worksheets, and so much more!
Inside You’ll Find:
- 10 pages of puzzles
- Each page has two different CVC words, covering all five vowels.
I find it works best if you print this puzzle center on cardstock and laminate it so you can use it year after year. Here’s how I like to keep my Language Arts materials organized throughout the year.
Supply list for St. Patrick’s Day CVC Puzzles:
- paper or card stock
- laminating pouches
- St. Patrick’s Day CVC Puzzles Printable (scroll down to download!)
Using the St. Patrick’s CVC Puzzles
Students will start this holiday-themed CVC puzzle activity by placing all of the pieces on a table or the floor. You may want to have students to work in small groups the first time they try to complete their puzzles.
To start working on their puzzles, students will pick a pot of gold with a picture on it. This student chose the pot of gold with a “van” on it.
They will then search for the consonant letter that the picture starts with. I always encourage my students to say the letter sounds out loud as they find the matching cards.
After the initial sound is found, they will then sort through the letters finding the short vowel sound and then the ending consonant sound.
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Here a student started with a pot of gold with a fox on it and another with a dog on it, they then placed the letters to spell the words “fox” and “dog.”
Once they connect their pot of gold picture with their corresponding letters, they can then choose another pot of gold and continue building CVC words until all the words are done or their time is up.
If you have younger students or students struggling with this concept that might be overwhelmed with all the pieces at one time, you can differentiate this activity and give them only one puzzle per vowel at a time. Once they master the word you gave them, you can slowly add in more pieces.
To make it simpler, you can also make the puzzle into a two-piece puzzle. Instead of cutting up the letters from one another, have the pot of gold with the picture be one piece, and the whole word spelled out be the other piece.
To challenge your students, they can build the puzzles and then write sentences with the words they build or they can write a story using as many of the words they built as they can.
Your students can build words all year long with our Word Building Mega Bundle. It has 12 themed word building activities.
Want More Literacy Ideas?
If you want to implement literacy across your classroom with all the stations and centers and activities created for you be sure to check out our Literacy Stations. With over 50 printables this will make planning your literacy centers so much easier.
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Have fun with your little leprechauns as you find your pots of gold with these St. Patrick’s Day CVC Puzzles in your classroom.