Literacy Center: Secret Message CVC Words

Looking for something new and unique to add to your classroom literacy centers?! I've got just the thing!

After creating my Secret Message Sight Words activities, I was inspired to create a similar activity for CVC words. It works exactly the same as my Secret Message Sight Word activity:

1. Print & Prep - There isn't really too much to do to get this activity ready. Simply print the word cards on white card stock and laminate for durability. There are 20 word cards divided into two sets; the sets are clearly marked with a shape in the upper right hand corner. Two printing options are included: full color pictures OR black and white outline pictures. However, the cards still MUST be printed in color on white paper for the activity to work properly!

2. Make or Buy a Decoder - Instructions for creating a decoder window from dollar store materials are included; all that you'll need is cards stock, glue, scissors and red cellophane. If you don't feel like making a decoder, it's also possible to purchase a decoder pretty cheaply. See some suggestions below!

3. Choose a Worksheet - Choose and print the recording sheet that is most appropriate for your students. There are many differentiated options so all of your students will be able to enjoy this activity at their level! Options include: write the word in Elkonin boxes, fill in initial, middle and final sounds in Elkonin boxes, write or trace the word with or without lines, color the picture (great for non-writers!), color and trace, and color/say/segment. There's also an answer key so that students can check their own work.


4. Set Up & Teach the Center - The activity can be set up as either a Write the Room activity or a stationary literacy center; you decide what's best for you students! Show your students how the activity works; they'll catch on quickly and will actually be eager to read the hidden words!

Still not sure about this activity? Try this Secret Message Sight Words SAMPLE pack that includes 10 Fry sight words and the recording worksheets. It's perfect for a mini literacy center!

To find other Secret Message activities, click on the pictures below:


Here are some of the things  you might need to make or buy a red filter decoder:


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