Missing Phoneme Cards

So… I was looking for an activity to put on my phonics table (I think this is called a literacy center in America) in the classroom that my children could complete independently, but would also give me some evidence of whether they could indeed read the phonemes ch, sh, th and ng.

I came up with this idea and made up some cards for them to use. Each card has a picture and a word with a missing phoneme for them to fit in. There are matching discs with the missing phonemes on.

Missing Phoneme Cards on the Phonics Table.

Missing Phoneme Cards on the Phonics Table.

I got the inspiration for this from a picture I saw on pinterest where the same activity was done with bottle tops, but I didn’t happen to have 12 bottle tops handy…

Super idea for word work: missing bottle cap vowels! Looks easy to DIY. Would be great to add a recording sheet with only the pictures and have kids write the whole word, then underline the vowel. Putting this on my to-do list.

I made up a recording sheet for the children to write the words on when they had made them on the cards and promised that everyone who gave me a completed sheet, would move up the reward diamond in the classroom!

Missing Phonemes Recording Sheet

Missing Phonemes Recording Sheet ai, ee, igh, oa.

There’s nothing like a clipboard and a bribe to get children writing! I had a really good response from the activity, so I have made a set of cards for each of the phase 3 phoneme sets (because those are the ones we are revising) and put them on my Teachers Pay Teachers site.

Here are some of their completed recording sheets:


I am putting together a video of how I made up the resource and used it in the classroom which will be up on YouTube soon. I am also madly collecting bottle tops to use in place of the phoneme discs because they will be more tactile and easier for some of my Fine Motor Focus group to use.

I’ll let you know how it pans out!

Thanks for reading.

Miss B

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