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Magnetic Letters

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Magnetic Letters


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·     blend and segment selected cvc words

·     read selected cvc words

·     form  cvc words

·     spell the words correctly                              

Target Language:

Cvc decodable words

Time needed for preparation:

90 minutes

Time needed in class:

10 minutes


Year 1
Year 2

Language Focus:


Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Whole Class

Which learning institute:



a set of magnetic letters.

Procedure before class:

1.       Buy several magnetic dusters. The number of dusters depends on how many magnetic letters you want to make.
2.       If starting with 10 do i, o, b, d, c, n, s, a, m, and t. You can make many 3 letter words using these letters. You can add more letters later. 
3.       Print the letters of the alphabet found on the sheet attached.
4.       Print the shapes of the dusters. I used round dusters. You can print vowels and consonants using different colour paper.
5.       Stick the letters on the colour paper.
6.       Laminate the letters and stick them onto the dusters. Your set is ready.  


Procedure in class:

1.       Review selected vocabulary pupils leant using pictures.
2.       Show the pictures and ask the pupils to say the words.
3.       Demonstrate how to sound the letters to make words and choose the correct magnetic letters to make the words.
4.       Select pupils to come to the board and try to pick the correct magnetic letters to make words according to the pictures.


Follow Up:


Show pictures and ask children to write as many words as they can in the table; see the worksheet attached.


Turn it into a group activity. Prepare more sets of dusters or alternatively use small magnetic letters and small whiteboards (picture attached). Give each group a set of letters and a whiteboard. Say the word and ask children to make the words using magnetic letters provided.

Place all magnetic letters on the whiteboard. Ask pupils to form as many words using the letters as they can.



Make sure that the pupils know all 10 sounds of the letters before you conduct the activity.