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Are you looking for a fun way for your first grade student to practice Ending Blends? This fun phonics game is a great way to help improve skills to become better readers and spellers.

Are you looking for a fun way for your first grader to practice Ending Blends? This fun phonics game is a great way to help improve skills to become better readers and spellers.

Ending Blends

How does your child feel about practicing reading? Many times 1st graders will balk at reading words numerous times. But when you add it into a game, the attitude changes.

I wanted my grade 1 student to work on reading ending blends, especially ending l lends, so I created this game. She happily read six words repeatedly, so she could move forward. It was fun and accomplished my goal of working specifically on ending blends!

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What is an Ending Blend?

In case you are unfamiliar, there are two different types of blend endings for words: digraphs and ending blends. An ending blend is two adjoining consonants, at the end of a word, that each make their own sound whereas a digraph has two letters that make just one sound.

  • DIGRAPH – An example of a digraph would be in the word “back”. The ck makes a single sound /k/
  • ENDING BLEND – An example of an ending blend is in the word “lamp”. You make a sound for both ending letters mp. Say it out loud slowly and listen for both sounds. Make sense?

final blends practice for first graders

Words with Ending Blends

Now that you’ve said the word out loud you can hear the difference, can’t you?! The word lamp is not an anomaly, there are many words in the English language that contain ending blends. (This is why we teach phonics to help children not only sound out words, but learn to spell too!) If you are trying to think of others, here are some other consonants that make ending blends in words:

–st, –sk, –sp, –nd, –nt, –nk, –mp, –rd, –ld, –lp, –rk, –lt, –lf, –pt, –ft, –ct


Final Blends

I love easy phonics games to prep, and this ending blends game is one of those.  Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> Download <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the sheets containing the board game and words. Place the words in large learning cubes (or draw them out of a hat if you prefer). Finally, gather up game pieces (my kiddos always go for Lego people, but mini erasers, math manipulatives, etc all work well too).

Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – you will love the extra practice this fun ending blends game gives you.  This no prep phonics game is perfect for literacy centers, summer learning, extra practice, and more.

phonics game helping grade 1 read ending blends like gulp

Phonics Game

The game is quite simple, it just requires a little reading.  If your child is like mine and does better when they have spent a lot of time spelling the words out first, please grab some magnetic letters or work through these digital cards first. I know doing this step first is a game-changer for my little girl, It is the difference between us successfully reading the words.

 Once you know that your child is comfortable reading, you can jump into this game to get in some repetitive practice in a fun way.

practice for learning words with ending blends like milk

The players begin by placing their game pieces on the blank space.

  1. Player one rolls the large cube and reads the word.
  2. They then move their game piece up the board until they come to that picture.
  3. Player two then takes their turn and follows the same routine.
  4. A player wins when they roll a wolf and can move to the last space on the board.

It’s that easy. Our little ones have fun playing a game while practicing reading ending blends.

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Rachel is a homeschool mom to four little ones, ages 2 to 6. She is a former public elementary teacher, and has recently began blogging at her page You’ve Got This.

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