Blends and Cluster Activities

There are over 325 activities for 25 initial blends and clusters on this page.  You may want to "blend" the  sets for mixed practice. I've also added 5 sets of dominoes and am working on a game that I'm calling "Blends Blingo." If you have suggestions for other activities, please let me know at Included on this page are the following blends/clusters:

bl    br   cl    cr    dr    fl    fr    gl    gr   pl     pr    sc   scr  sk    sl    sm  sn    sp   spl  spr  st    squ  str  sw   tr    tw   wr

(Just click on the one you want and follow the link.)



Blends Bonanza CD

Blends Bonanza is a full color reproducible  CD that has 26 blends sets as well as support materials for teaching this skill. Included are updated posters, puzzles, poems and songs, configuration and cloze activities, crossword puzzles, skill wheels, shape books, big book, word cards, sorts, word searches, alphabetizing, charts, dominoes and other new games and activities. New to the CD are little reproducible readers!

Proceeds from the sales of this CD are dedicated to maintaining a scholarship fund and to support the growth of literacy for children and teachers. International costs will have to be calculated at the time of purchase.            

Blends Bonanza CD
Price: $9.95






Bl Blends Set
Anchor Word: blow


Br Blends Set
Anchor Word: braces

Cl Blends Set
Anchor Word: climb

Cr Blends Set
Anchor Word: cry


Dr Blends Set
Anchor Word: drink


Fl Blends Set
Anchor Word: flake


Fr Blends Set
Anchor Word: fries


Gl Blends Set
Anchor Word: globe


Gr Blends Set
Anchor Word: grow


Pl Blends Set
Anchor Word: plant



Pr Blends Set
 Anchor Word: present


Sc Blends Set
Anchor Word: scooter


Scr Clusters Set
Anchor Word: scrub



      Sk Blends Set
Anchor Word: skate



Sl Blends Set
Anchor Word: sleepy


Sm Blends Set
Anchor Word: smile


Sn Blends Set
Anchor Word: snack


Sp Blends Set
Anchor Word: spaghetti


Spl Clusters Set
Anchor Word: splash


Spr Clusters Set
(17 pages)
Anchor Word: spray

St Blends Set
Anchor Word: stuck

Str Clusters Set
Anchor Word: string


Sw Blends Set
Anchor Word: swing


Tr Blends Set
Anchor Word: trike


 Tw Blends Set
Anchor Word: twirl


Wr Silent Cluster Set
Anchor Word: write








Blends Dominoes

Blends Dominoes, Set 1
(spr, sn, sm, str, scr, st)

Blends Dominoes, Set 2
(sp, sk, sw, sl, sc)

Blends Dominoes, Set 3
(cl, cr, bl, br, dr)

Blends Dominoes, Set 4
(pl, pr, gl, gr, thr)

Blends Dominoes, Set 5
(tr, tw, fr, fl, wr)






 Blends Blingo

Blends Blingo, Set 1
(spr, sn, sm, str, scr, st)

Blends Blingo, Set 2
(sp, sk, sw, sl, sc)

Print these Blingo (Bingo) games on vellum and laminate for durability. Use with the picture cards from the database below. This game is meant to be played one-on-one with a tutor, parent volunteer or peer coach. Small group sets (6) will be available in the future.






 Blends and Digraphs Chart

This chart contains the most common blends, consonant digraphs, clusters, and silent clusters (kn) and an anchor picture for each. It is recommended that teachers/parents use this as a reference for beginning and/or struggling writers. If a child hesitates when writing a word with a blend at the beginning, ask him or her to look at the chart. Do they see a picture of something that starts like the word they're trying to spell? Reproduce and laminate this chart to place in writing folders or to use in small writing groups, and/or for tutorial sessions. Enlarge at Kinkos to poster size and read it like you would the Alphabet Chart for automaticity.





Blends Poster Project

This poster project idea came from Jaime, a first grade teacher. She posted it on  and I asked her if she would mind sharing it on this page. It's a great project to enhance the phonemic awareness of initial blends while working together as a family at home. Let me know what you think so that I can pass the compliments on to Jaime. On reflection, I think this project would work well for lots of other skills! Thanks again, Jaime!

Included in the packet: letter to parents, sample and scoring rubric.



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