build new words

Build New Words

Build New Words
Target text


Practice forming consonant-vowel-consonant words using the short vowels a, i, and e.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • man
  • pan
  • mat
  • tin
  • pin
  • ten


  • Letter cards* 
  • Build New Words game board* 
  • Paper die cutout (on cardstock)*  

* Items included below.

The children will play a word-building game and practice spelling words with CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) patterns.

Literacy Activities
Build words

  • Divide the children into small groups. 
  • Give each group a set of letters cards, a game board, and an assembled paper die (all found below).
  • Tell the children that they will make words with letter cards and mark the beginning, middle, and ending sound of the words on their game board.
  • Say a three-letter word (e.g., man, tap, pit) and have the children spell the word by putting letter cards in the proper boxes on their game boards.
  • Have the children name each letter, then sound out the word letter by letter. 
  • Let the children take turns rolling the paper die and spelling the words on their game board that correspond with the pictures on the die.

More Practice
Write and recognize the CVC pattern in words

  • Have the children write three words with the same CVC letter pattern (e.g., man, pan, can). 
  • Have the children underline the letters that are the same in each word and circle those that are different.
  • Repeat this activity with different letter patterns. 
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.