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CVC Words | Consonant Digraphs | Long Vowels (Bossy E) | Vowel Digraphs 1 (AI, EE, EA, OA, OO) 

R-Controlled Vowels | Vowel Digraphs 2 (AW, EW, OW, OU, OO) | Consonant Blends


CVC Words (Short Vowels) Worksheets

and Teaching Resources




CVC words are words that follow the pattern consonant-vowel-consonant. These are considered the simplest words and the starting point of many phonics programs (after some work on initial sounds). These words highlight the short vowels such as the a in cat, the e in bed, the I in fin, the o in top, and the u in sub.


These resources were created by Chris Gunn.

CVC Words Sample Resources: Cat and Hen

CVC Words Spelling Worksheets: These spelling sheets contain words with the CVC and short vowels. I generally introduce two or three new words every day to highlight or reinforce a particular pattern.

CVC Words Card Games: These cards can be used to play memory and fish while at the same time reinforcing short vowel and CVC patterns. The words are mostly taken from the spelling sheets above.

CVC Words Large Text Flashcards: These are  large text only flashcards with CVC words. I use them mostly for assessment or review.

CVC Words large Text Flashcards Set 1          CVC Words large Text Flashcards Set 2

CVC Words Bingo: A bingo game that helps students decode words with the CVC short vowel pattern. There are no pictures in this game as the emphasis is on decoding skills.

Dragon Words with Long Vowels (links below): Sets of flashcards with long vowel words and no pictures for an emphasis on decoding. These cards come from the Dragon Words Section.

short A     short E     short I     short O     short U

CVC Words Rhymes: A simple rhyming worksheet that reviews CVC rhyming words from the card game above.

CVC Word Skills -Begins With: Simple worksheets where students identify the first letter of a word and make a sentence using 'begins with.'

 Bat Begins With B        Jam Begins With J       Pig Begins With P

CVC Word Skills -Ends With: Simple worksheets where students identify the last letter of a word and make a sentence using 'endwith.'  

Bug Ends With G       Cub Ends With B       Cup Ends With P

Combined CVC Word Skills -Begins with/Ends with/Rhymes with: Simple worksheets where students practise three word skills for CVC words.  

Combined CVC Skills 1       Combined CVC Skills 2       Combined CVC Skills 3

CVC Words: Say and Spell It Game: A fun game for reviewing cvc words as well as the word skills of begins with, has a __ in the middle, and ends in.

CVC Word Searches: Word searches that cover the short vowels or mixed CVC words.

Short A  Easy      Short E Easy       Short I Easy       Short O Easy       Short U Easy 

Short A Normal     Short E Normal     Short I Normal      Short O Normal     Short U Normal 


CVC Words Mixed 1   CVC Words Mixed 2   CVC Words Mixed 3   CVC Words Mixed 4

Short Vowel Listening: Students compare two words listening for a given short vowel sound.

Short A     Short E      Short I     Short O     Short U

CVC Words Unit Spelling Test Generator: Generate as many spelling tests as you want for review or for actual testing of words in this unit. Refresh to get a new test.


Phonics Monsters Game (CVC Version): This is a great game for reinforcing decoding skills. I also use these cards as my standard set of flashcards when introducing and practicing phonetic patterns.

CVC Spin and Say It Board Game: A board game sent in by Jennifer McCabe.


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