BAH 1: sample materials

Below, is a brief description of the sample materials from Blending a Hand 1 which can be found on this web site. A complete level of Letter Formation Worksheets, a complete sublevel of Concept Worksheets and Alphabet Bingo is provided for your benefit. Checklists are also available here and here. Blending a Hand 1 can be ordered from

Concept Worksheets (CW)

The Concept Worksheets have been designed to support and consolidate the materials and skills found in Finding Out, especially in book 1. The most important units in Finding Out are undoubtedly units 7 through 9, where the students learn about blending and segmenting. Segmenting is the ability to separate words into units of sound. Blending is the ability to join units of sound into words. To get the best use out of these Concept Worksheets, it is best to teach blending and segmenting from the very start and, of course, to continue teaching it right through the book. It is always important to use only the sounds and letters which the students have already learnt, when practising blending and segmenting. As you can see, the order of introduction in Blending a Hand's Concept Worksheets, matches perfectly the order found in Finding Out. In reality, most of the worksheets use and practise more than one concept, but the focus is often on a single concept. Let me speak a little about some of the worksheets and concepts.

Concept 1: initial letter/sound recognition. Block Puzzles, First Letters, Initial Sounds and Picture Sums focus on initial letters. Picture Sums puts this skill to practical use.
Concept 2: medial and final letter recognition. Use Missing Letter puzzles.
Concept 3: blending. Word Links, Word Sums and Syllabification practise this skill.
Concept 4: segmenting. Word Jumble, Word Merge and Blackout Puzzles focus on segmenting.
Concept 5: letter formation. Use Printing Practice and Letter Formation Worksheets.
Concept 6: word formation. Word Shapes help students to realise the importance of ascenders and descenders.
Concept 7: sentence formation. Use Letter Formation Worksheets from levels 2 and 3.
Concept 8: spelling. Some Criss Cross Puzzles and Crosswords concentrate on spelling.
Concept 9: reading. Mazes, Picture Links, Word Searches and some Criss Cross Puzzles concentrate on reading.
Concept 10: testing. All the worksheets act as an informal test platform which will help you grade your students and find their weaknesses and strengths.
Concept 11: fun and usability. All the worksheets on designed to make them as practical as possible and their self explanatory design makes them ideal for homework.

You can devise classroom activities around the worksheets and use the worksheets to consolidate the skills taught. Initially, it is best to introduce and use some of the worksheets in the classroom, but once your students have grasped what to do, then you can safely give out worksheets for homework. They are also ideal for time fillers, for when you're quicker students have finished an activity and are twiddling thumbs, just give them a worksheet or two before they run off home.
I don't have a complex filing system for keeping my worksheets, I just printed out photocopying masters, made several copies of each and put them in clear books according to their segment i.e. GS1, BS1, YS1 etc and clearly marked the spines of my clear books. There are better ways, but with clear books, you don't need much room.

CW samples (all are GS1)

blackout puzzle
block puzzle
circle sound 1
circle sound
crossword 1
first letters
letter links
missing letters
picture links
picture sums
printing practice 1
printing practice 2
word jumble
word links
word merge
word search 1
word search
word shapes
word sums


Letter Formation Worksheets (LFW)

Letter Formation Worksheets are printed in a tracing font. In level 1 there is a choice of three different fonts and in level 2 a choice of two fonts, but from level 3 onwards there is only a semi cursive font, which students will have no problem in handling. In level 1 only letters (graphemes) are used and the student is expected to trace over the font, each time pronouncing the sound the letter represents, the anchor word/picture indicates what the sound is, the student continues to the end of the line each time. There is much more practice on these worksheets and than in many fancy and colourful workbooks, you get a lot more practice and less wastage. From level 2 there is a big change, we continue with tracing letters, then we trace the anchor word and then a decodable sentences is traced in each worksheet, so that we get letter formation, reading and joined up writing practice. The same format continues throughout the rest of the worksheets. Levels 1 and 2 follow exactly the sequence found in Finding Out by David Paul, after that the order is a little haphazard but you can use them in whichever order suits you best, just picking out worksheets as the need arises or following the sequence found in whatever programme you might be using.

LFW samples (complete level)




There are 3 levels of bingo on this disc. Level 1 practices all the alphabet sounds and 'anchor' words (pictures) as learned in the first six units of Finding Out. Usually, I give 11 chips or counters to each student and then play the game, at the end, we can see how many bingos each student has. Usually everyone has at least one bingo and a little bit of creative cheating will ensure this if you act as caller or join in. You can use the alphabet flashcards from Finding Out as calling cards if you wish to. I have it on good authority that smaller calling cards will eventually be made available on CD-ROM by Macmillan and that these will be free!

Double Sound Bingo 2 practices the vocabulary and double sounds taught in Finding Out 1, units 11 through 15. Each board contains all 16 double sounds with no overlap so that when the sound or 'anchor' word is called out, then each child must find in which word the sound is and place a chip on the picture. It's a little difficult in the beginning, but once the children begin to understand what is happening, then it's a very good game. Again, you can use the double sounds cards from Finding Out as calling cards.

Double Sound Bingo 3 works in the same way as Double Sound Bingo 2. Because the Finding Out series doesn't teach all of the sounds and spelling patterns found in this bingo game, then I have produced a set of calling cards to go with them. You can either print them out as picture cards, or as double sound cards, or you can print them on the same card back-to-back. I hope you enjoy playing these games.

Bingo samples (complete level)



If you have any questions or comments about these worksheets, games and materials then please don't hesitate to contact me. Also, if you find any errors in the worksheets then please let me know.
David Lisgo

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