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This is a phonics craft activity with a “teacher talk” introduction: “Short vowel” word families such as “ing,” “ack,” and “ick,” get lots of attention in a first grade classroom. That’s because kids need to be able to blend beginning sounds, called “onsets,” with word endings called “rimes.” Teachers use a variety of methods—oral, hands-on, and auditory—to practice the all-important skill of being able to blend onsets with rimes.
Whenever a child can make a strong, memorable association with a phonics skill, he is more likely to remember how to apply that skill quickly as he encounters it. For the "-ick" word family, for example, one of the first things that comes to mind for many children is the word “chicken.”
In this activity, your child gets to make a fun, hands-on tool that will help him practice short vowel words ending in "-ck" based on the “chicken” association. This same pattern can be adapted to make an adorable, creative paper duck!