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Word Slider

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Word Slider


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

·     blend and segment words

Target Language:

Phonemes taught in Year 1 and 2

Time needed for preparation:

30 minutes

Time needed in class:

30 minutes


Year 1
Year 2

Language Focus:


Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Pair Work
Whole Class

Which learning institute:



Paper plate one for each pupil, coloured paper, scissors, a pen or a marker, word cards

Procedure before class:

1.       Prepare one sample of the word slider (see following page for instructions). 

Procedure in class:

1.       The teacher shows a completed word slider to the class.
2.       The teacher explains how to make the word slider:

  •  Make three 2cm cuts on the paper plate leave 1 cm between each slit horizontally and 4cm vertically. 
  •  Cut three 2cm paper strips, making marks every 4 cm
  •  Write phonemes you would like to revise writing initial, middle and final sounds on different strips to form words.
  •  Insert the paper strips into the slits.

3.       The teacher demonstrates the activity:

  •  Pick a word card
  •  Segment and blend the word
  • use the word slider to form the same word

4.       Pupils work in pair and receive one word slider and matching set of word cards.
5.       Pupil A picks a word card and blends and segments the word on it.
6.       Pupil B uses the word slider to form the word. When ready, he segments and blends the word again.
7.       Pupil B shows pupil A the answer to compare.


Follow Up:

The teacher says a word; the pupils work in pairs and form it using the word slider. The teacher checks the answers.


Two pupils form a word using the word slider and then show it to another pair to read aloud (blend and segment).


Draw the instructions to make the word slider (with measurements) on the blackboard for pupils to refer to while making their word sliders.