Thanksgiving is the time of the year when many kindergartners are starting to learn to read CVC words. They take the plentiful letters that they now know, and start building words. Today, I’d like to share with you a fun Thanksgiving CVC Activity for word building practice!
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Thanksgiving CVC Activity
My kids love learning the occasional tongue-twisting word, and “cornucopia” has definitely been one of them. Every year I pull out a smallish cornucopia basket to decorate our Thanksgiving table. Pretty early on, we talked about how it is a symbol of a plentiful harvest, and how that relates to Thanksgiving.
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With all that in mind, if you’re looking for a Thanksgiving-themed literacy center or small group activity, this “horn of plenty” Thanksgiving CVC Activity may be just what you need.
The free printable focuses on short ‘a’ word families, but you can extend it to other types of words too.
What You Need
If you don’t have a cornucopia you want to use in your classroom, then you could roll a sheet of brown construction paper into a cone shape – try it and you’ll see it’s easy to do. Here’s what you’ll need to do the activity:
- wood or plastic letters
- word strips (download below)
- recording sheet (also included in download)
4 Ways to Play
The free printable includes 48 short a CVC words, in order by word family. You can set out just one or two word families at a time, or use them all together.
1. Choose from the Cornucopia
Fill the cornucopia with letters. Choose a word strip, and search for the first letter. Lay the letter in its correct position. Then, say the word, and write it down on the recording sheet.
2. Fill the Cornucopia
Begin with an empty cornucopia and a pile of letters on the side – you’ll need duplicate letters if you play this way. Choose a word strip, and find its letters. Next, say the word and write it down on the recording sheet. Finally, put the letters from the word into the cornucopia.
3. Sort Word Families
Mix up word strips from several word families. Have the students sort the strips by word family, and then proceed to find letters and write them on the recording sheet.
4. Cornucopia Sight Words
You could also turn this into a sight word activity, or use a different set of CVC words.
To keep it simple, just use flashcards instead of the word strips, and have the students build their words next to the cards.
I’ll probably take the letters out of my cornucopia in time for Thanksgiving. That might look awfully funny on our dinner table. I think it’ll look great in your classroom though!
If you’re ready to start working on building cvc words, then grab this FREE Thanksgiving CVC Activity, by clicking the large, blue button below!
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