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Word Fusion
Blend Onset and Rime to Make Words

Prerequisite Skill

None Assigned

Materials and Preparation

  • Guided Practice Worksheet: "Blend Onset and Rime to Make Words" 

  • Independent Practice Worksheet: "Blend Onset and Rime to Make Words"

Learning Objectives

Students will blend onset and rime to form words, enhancing phonological awareness.

Introduction (5 minutes)

Commence the lesson by explaining the concept of blending onset and rime to make words. Present an example by saying, "Listen as I read a word aloud. Blend the sounds together." Show a picture of a fin and read the words "fin" and "dog." Ask students, "What word do they make?"

Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (10 minutes)

Show pictures of a mop and a fan, saying the words aloud. Emphasize the key idea that words are made up of sounds, and when writing, letters represent these sounds. Explain that when reading, students sound out the letters in a word and then blend the sounds together to say the word. Solve an example together: "Think about the sounds you heard, f-in. When you blend the sounds together, you get the word 'fin.'"

Guided Practice (5 minutes)

Distribute the Guided Practice Worksheet: "Blend Onset and Rime to Make Words." In pairs or groups, students will circle the words formed by blending onset and rime. Provide guidance and support as needed.

Independent Practice (10 minutes)

Distribute the Independent Practice Worksheet: "Blend Onset and Rime to Make Words." Students will work individually, matching words to their corresponding pictures by blending onset and rime. Monitor for misconceptions and provide intervention as necessary.



Provide additional support by offering one-on-one assistance to students who may struggle with blending onset and rime.


Challenge advanced students by introducing multisyllabic words and encouraging them to break down and blend the onset and rime.

Assessment (5 minutes)

Evaluate student understanding through their participation in guided and independent practice, completion of worksheets, and performance on the exit ticket.

Review and closing (5 minutes)

Summarize the lesson by emphasizing the skill of blending onset and rime and its significance in developing phonological awareness.


Be aware that students may confuse individual sounds instead of blending them. Reinforce the concept of combining sounds to create words.

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