DIY CVC Word Practice Twisters

Nicole Sanchez on

Your students will love making both real and silly nonsense words with these Consonant-Vowel-Consonant (CVC) word twisters. They're super easy to make and don't require a lot of materials. What I like most about them is that they can be used in so many ways to practice reading and support writing CVC words. They can be used during phonics instruction, fluency practice, literacy centers, as an independent activity or can be sent home with students who need extra practice.

What are CVC Words
CVC words are three letter words that are made up of a consonant, followed by a vowel, and ending with another consonant. For example, the words pan, bed, and mop are all CVC words. They all follow the CVC word pattern.

Why Teach CVC Words
Learning to read CVC words can be helpful for beginner readers because they are  easily decodable, usually have short vowel sounds in the middle, and can often be grouped together into word families. For example, the words cat, bat, hat, mat and pat all have the same ending and form a word family. Once students learn one word in the word family, they can easily decode the other words just by changing the beginning sound.

Materials Needed
Paper or foam cups
permanent marker

1. Write common CVC consonants around two cups and vowels around a third cup.
2. Stack the three cups together in CVC order.
3. Twist the cups to make and read different CVC words.
Note: Be careful not to use letter combinations that could possibly make words that you wouldn't want your students making.

Recommended Letter Combinations
First Cup (beginning sounds): b, c, m, p, r, and s
Second Cup (middle sounds): a, e, i, o and u
Third Cup (ending sounds): b, d, m, n, p and t

Activity Extension Ideas
You can easily extend this activity by having your students make a list of all the real words they make. They could also make a two-column list of real vs. nonsense words. If you want students to do even more writing, they could write a sentence for each CVC word that they make.

Happy Teaching,
Nicole Sanchez