Printing, laminating, cutting, buying, preparing, organizing. You know how it goes!
As I was shopping and preparing, I found those counting blocks which I knew could have many, many uses. I was thinking back to last year and what my students needed lots of extra help with. BLENDING!
Onsets + Rimes
It is a skill that takes my 1st graders a longgggg time to perfect, so I thought I would get a head start on the year and create this cheap and easy center!
All you need is two bags of these foam block sets from the Target Dollar Spot. There are 18 blocks and I used each side making 36 different onsets and 36 different rimes…. and all for $2!
I then created this simple recording page for students to record the real and nonsense words they make:
*I created these onsets/rimes with 1st graders in mind so I wrote lots of beginning blends, digraphs, ending blends, and long vowels. I was sure to add some simple CVC options as well. You could, of course, do all CVC options, all digraphs, or all blends if you want to use them in small groups.
The best part about these blocks is that they already come with storage:
I just slapped a few labels on the original bags they came in and re-zipped ’em!
Easy and cheap. My favorite!
I put all these printables together as a freebie for you in case you want to snag up these blocks yourself!
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Thanks for the freebie! I bought the blocks at Target also but wasn't sure what to do with them.
AAHHH!!! Love it! I saw those little blocks at Target and kept wondering what I could possibly use them for! Thanks so much!
Very cute idea! Our dollar spot is the pits unfortunately : (
Thanks so much for posting your idea for these blocks! I often buy the stuff I see at the dollar spots around town, but lack the creativity gene to make them into something useful for my firsties! 🙁 Now I have a fun, new word work center to put out. Keep 'em coming! Thanks again! Catherine from Vegas
Thanks for the freebie – I love cute and cheap ideas.
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Great idea! This is a great way to help ESL students as well. Thank you for sharing it!
I loved this activity. it is clear and simple
Love this idea! Thank you for this freebie!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful resource!
May I post your idea on my school’s online learning activities? I would site your name or website, however you would prefer?
Of course, feel free to refer to my website!
Thank you for this neat idea. I love it for Daily 5 activities
I love this! Could you share the form with me? Thanks
Great idea! May I get a template or pdf of the wordsheet?
I would love this for my first graders!
I would love the lists of words with the blends on pintrest, ow, ei, ae, ai, oi ect. thanks!
Awesome resource! A powerful, economic learning tool.
I can’t wait to try the onset rime activity in January!
I appreciate this helpful lesson.
Onset/Rime is an important part of Phonics.
Thank you for the freebie for onset ryhme.
excited to try these
Thank you for sharing! What a great idea! Can’t wait to try it!!