56 Free Phonics Worksheets & Phonemic Awareness Activities

Students learn phonics and phonemic awareness skills at lightning speed
these high quality worksheets and activities.   Primary emphasis is on teaching consonant sounds, short vowel sounds,
long vowel sounds, digraphs (ai, ee, oa, etc), r-controlled vowels (ar, er, ir, ur, or),
and 100 common nouns
associated with these sounds.
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phonics test
Where is the Consonant Sound?

Being able to recognize the location of a sound in a word (called Phonemic Awareness) has been shown to be essential for learning how to read. Research shows the #1 reason for failure in learning to read is the inability to learn all consonant and vowel sounds. These sounds (also referred to as phonics) must be mastered in order to achieve maximum reading progress. Our uniquely designed phonemic awareness and phonics worksheets will help greatly help with this goal. Both phonics and phonemic awareness are taught thoroughly through these unique worksheet activities.  Each worksheet shows 7 pictures which contain the consonant sound, however, the child must choose whether the sound is heard at the beginning or end of the picture word.  As you can see, this unique strategy not only gives the repetition to enable memorization of the sound, but also keeps the activity challenging by having the child choose whether the sound is heard at the beginning or ending of the word - thereby qualifying as a phonemic awareness activity.  Click the link at top to see our many free materials for sounds made by letters B through M.
What Sounds Do You Hear?

Note how we organize the letter columns below each CVC word in these power phonics worksheets. Students circle the letter for the beginning sound - then the letter for middle sound - then circle the letter for the final sound. With only two letter choices for each sound, correct answers improve dramatically. This results in a greatly improved attitude toward learning - decreased frustration and heightened self-esteem. Five skill levels are used to guide students through learning the sounds and 20 words in each Lesson. Skill 2 becomes a little more difficult as student must now enter the first letter sound without viewing choices (but choices still remain for the 2nd and 3rd sounds). After passing the final Skill 5 worksheet for these 20 CVC words in Lesson 1, we move to Lesson 2. Lesson 2 then teaches the 20 common long vowel words that follow the "Final-e rule" (bike, cake, kite, etc). Lessons 3, 4 and 5 teach common words with digraphs (ai - ee - ie - oa) - r-controlled vowels (ar-er-ir-ur-or) and other advanced sounds. We've taken these popular worksheets and now offer them in electronic form to be done on the computer. This new version (called Mr. Ed Phonics Tutor), has a built in teacher that jumps in to teach at the moment any wrong answer is selected. In other words, every one of your students now has a high quality tutor sitting next to them while doing this activity.

Do our Worksheets Online with Mr. Ed

Our Mr. Ed Phonics project is currently converting our popular phonics worksheets to electronic form so they can be done online.
Called Mr. Ed, (Ed is for Education), this new electronic version is identical to the materials seen at left except students now can use the computer to click the correct beginning, middle and final sounds in each word. If an answer is not correct, Mr. Ed immediately "jumps-in" and teaches the correct answer. This is known as immediate feedback and results in a greatly accelerated learning process. Did we mention? Mr. Ed and friends like to have fun when teaching as well.

Pinpoint Difficult Areas and then..

This powerful test will quickly identify the alphabet letter names and phonics sounds your student does and does not know. Test results can be saved to a database for future reference if you would like. Going above and beyond typical assessments, our Alphabet/Phonics Test automatically makes alphabet and phonics worksheets to practice only incorrect letters and sounds!