Segmenting words into individual sounds is an important skill in learning how to read, but students also need to be able to hear individual sounds and blend them back together to state a whole word. This activity will help your students do just that.
In order to reach the oral reading fluency goals in first grade I have to dig deep into phonics. I like creating mental images and fun phrases to go with each new phonics skill. I think this helps students remember the new skill.