Teaching Blends in First Grade

Teaching blends in first grade can be a tiresome task…you teach and they get it and sometimes they don’t.  So you re-teach blends. Some get it, some don’t.  Repeat.
It can be frustrating to gain the automaticity that we all want in our early readers with regard to blends!  I updated a pack of mine a while back to take some of the monotony out of the blend teaching cycle.   They are: Blend Friends Flip Books and Blend Mats!
Find my Blends Friends Pack {HERE}
Kids create flip books for the blends listed below:
Here are examples of the mats and books:

Leave a comment below for a chance to win the Blend Friends Pack! Looking for more reading ideas? Click HERE!


  1. Ohh blends are hard! I was so impressed on Friday when one of my students (I teach special education) asked me how to write a word in an Elkonian box if it contained a blend! This would be such an asset for my students!

  2. This is a great idea, I really like the idea of the blending mats!
    I definitely have a few who are right at this place, and more than a few that aren't there yet but I suspect will need a LOT of repeat, repeat, repeat! This would be wonderful. mikkic@telus.net

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