18 decks of basic code playing cards

$20.00

Download and print all 18 decks of our child-sized (5 X 6.5cm) basic code playing cards for fun reading practice. Cards contain mostly one-syllable words, with just a few longer words. Many words look very similar (e.g. lost-lots, grids-grips, twist-twits) so learners must pay careful attention to all letters and letter order. Words are printed facing both directions, so they can be read from either side of a table.

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Download and print all 18 decks of our child-sized (5 X 6.5cm) basic code playing cards for fun reading practice. Cards contain mostly one-syllable words, with just a few longer words. Words are printed facing both directions, so they can be read from either side of a table.

Most decks, especially decks 7-12, have many words which look very similar (e.g. lost-lots, grids-grips, twist-twits), so learners must pay close attention to every letter, and letter order, to read words accurately. Decks 7-12 also help kids learn which consonant combinations are permissible in syllables in English (as adjacent consonants or blends), both before and after vowels. This knowledge helps with managing syllable boundaries in longer words.

Sound-spelling relationships and word/syllable types (V=vowel, C=consonant) in these decks are as follows:

Deck Sound-spelling relationships added Word/syllable types
1 a as in at, b as in big, c as in can, g as in got, h as in hat, i as in him, m as in man, n as in not, o as in on, p as in pat, s as in sit, t as in top VC and CVC
2 d as in dog, e as in red, f as in fun, j as in jam, k as in kid, l as in let, r as in run, u as in up, v as in vet, w as in win, z as in zip CVC
3 x as in box, y as in yes, ff as in off, ll as in bell, ss as in fuss, zz as in buzz VC and CVC
4 No new sounds/spellings VCC and CVCC
5 No new sounds/spellings CCVC
6 No new sounds/spellings up to CCCVCC and CCVCCC
7 No new sounds/spellings CCVCC
8 No new sounds/spellings CCVCC
9 No new sounds/spellings CCVCC
10 No new sounds/spellings CCVCC and CCCVC
11 No new sounds/spellings VCCC and CVCCC
12 No new sounds/spellings VCCC and CVCCC
13 sh as in shop CVC to CCVCC
14 ch as in chin CVC to CCVCC
15 th as in thin, th as in then Mostly 1-syllable, 12 two-syllable words
16 ng as in long CVC up to CCVCC & CCCVC
17 ck as in duck CVC and CCVC
18 qu as in quit, wh as in when (pp as in whippet, kk as in quokka) Mostly 1-syllable, 14 two -syllable and one 3-syllable (equinox).

These spellings and word types best fit into the Sounds-Write teaching sequence, Dandelion/Phonic Books and Forward With Phonics/Drop In Series teaching materials, but can be used with many other phonics teaching sequences.

We suggest printing the cards on 200gsm cardboard, available in A4 packs at stationers, and if expecting to use them a lot, laminate them. We highly recommend that children practise their scissor skills by cutting them up, rounding the corners if a more professional look is sought. We store ours (and the other decks, which will soon be available) like this:

These cards can be used to play any card game requiring a typical deck of playing cards, but players must read the cards’ words as they play them. We’ve made some videos of example games to get you started:

We hope you enjoy using them!

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