1. Make sure to build a common understanding of what blends are. Sometimes, consonant digraphs are inaccurately referred to as blends. For clarity, I define blends as 2 or more consonants that each make their own sound but we say them very close together. The sounds blend, but can be separated. Some examples of initial blends are bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr, sc, sl, sm, sn, sp, squ, st, sw, and three letter blends such as spr, str, shr. Ending blends include such consonant combinations as ld, lk, nd, nt, and ft.
2. Use motions to provide students with a kinesthetic definition. For example, put two hands up. A blend is two letters who come together (hands side by side) but each making their own sound. Gestures are a particular powerful tool for triggering memory and recalling learned information.
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