Letterbox Example Words With 4, 5, or 6 Phonemes

Select 3-12 words to illustrate the one new correspondence you are teaching in your letterbox lesson.  Make sure letterbox words are regular, one-syllable example words with varied endings.
Add review words so your student will notice the vowel.  Review words  usually feature earlier short vowels in the alphabet.  If you are teaching a long vowel, review its short vowel partner.

Build from short words to longer words.  For the easiest lessons, use 2-phoneme words that start with vowel (e.g., odd), then 3's (mop).   For normal lessons, add 4- and 5-phoneme words—even 6 if you can think of any.  These words contain consonant clusters, e.g., flock (4), stomp (5) and provide early blending practice.  Longer words provide challenge, and students gain confidence as they conquer them.

a = /a/
crab, drab, grab, scab, slab, stab, black, crack, smack, snack, stack, track, glad, brag, drag, flag, snag, clam, cram, gram, slam, camp, damp, lamp, ramp, champ, bran, clan, plan, scan, span, band, hand, land, sand, clang, slang, bank, rank, sank, tank, yank, thank, clap, flap, slap, snap, trap, brash, clash, crash, flash, slash, smash, thrash, trash, brat, flat, scat, fact, tact, raft, shaft, pant, cask, mask, task, cast, fast, last, past, vast, brass, class, glass, grass
5
clamp, cramp, scamp, stamp, tramp, bland, brand, grand, stand, sprang, blank, clank, crank, drank, flank, Frank, plank, prank, spank, scrap, strap, tract, craft, draft, grant, plant, slant, flask, blast, scratch, clasp, scalp, splat, scram
6
strand

e = /e/
4 bled, bred, fled, Fred, shred, sled, sped, smell, spell, swell, bend, lend, mend, send, tend, bent, cent, dent, rent, lent, sent, tent, went, best, nest, pest, rest, test, vest, west, chest, fret, bless, dress, press, left, help, next, weld

blend, spend, trend, spent, blest, stress, slept, crept
6
strength

i = /i/
4 brick, click, flick, slick, stick, trick, grid, skid, slid, swig, twig, drill, grill, frill, skill, spill, still, thrill, trill, brim, grim, slim, swim, trim, grin, skin, spin, twin, bring, cling, fling, sling, sting, swing, kink, link, mink, pink, rink, sink, wink, chink, think, hint, lint, mint, tint, blip, clip, drip, flip, grip, skip, slip, snip, trip, grit, skit, slit, spit, crib, cliff, sniff, stiff, gift, lift, shift, tilt, wilt, swish, disk, risk, Swiss, list, mist, switch
5
sprig, spring, string, blink, brink, clink, drink, shrink, stink, flint, print, strip, split, drift, swift, thrift, brisk, frisk, twist, blimp, crisp
6
sprint, splint, script, scrimp

o = /o/
4
blob, slob, snob, block, clock, crock, flock, frock, smock, stock, clod, plod, prod, clog, frog, smog, prong, crop, drop, flop, plop, slop, stop, blot, clot, plot, slot, spot, trot, cross, blotch
5
strong, blond, stomp, frost
 
u = /u/
4 club, grub, shrub, stub, cluck, pluck, stuck, truck, bluff, fluff, gruff, scuff, stuff, drug, plug, shrug, slug, snug, drum, plum, scum, slum, swum, bump, dump, hump, jump, lump, pump, spun, stun, clung, flung, stung, swung, bunk, dunk, hunk, junk, punk, sunk, chunk, blush, brush, crush, flush, plush, slush, thrush, spud, grudge, bunch, hunch, lunch, munch, punch, bunt, hunt, punt, runt, plus, bust, dust, just, must, rust
5
scrub, struck, strum, clump, grump, plump, slump, stump, trump, sprung, strung, drunk, flunk, plunk, shrunk, skunk, slunk, spunk, stunk, trunk, strut, crunch, blunt, grunt, stunt, thrust, trust, crust
  
a_e = /A/
4 brace, grace, place, space, trace, blade, grade, spade, trade, brake, drake, flake, snake, stake, blame, flame, frame, crane, plane, flare, glare, scare, snare, spare, stare, crate, plate, skate, state, brave, grave, slave, stage, grape, blaze, craze
5
scrape, strafe

ai/ay = /A/
4 frail, snail, trail, brain, drain, grain, plain, Spain, stain, train, spray, stray, braid, stair, claim, faint
5
sprain, strain

ee/ea = /E/
4
 creak, sneak, speak, steal, cream, dream, steam, clear, smear, spear, treat, bleed, breed, freed, greed, speed, steed, treed, creep, sleep, steep, sweep, fleet, greet, sleet, sweet, clean, creek, Greek, sleek, steel, green, sneer, steer, spree, least, feast
5
 streak, stream, scream, street, screen

i_e = /I/
4
price, slice, spice, twice, bride, glide, pride, slide, crime, grime, prime, slime, brine, shrine, spine, swine, drive, thrive, bribe, tribe, spike, smile, gripe, spite
5
splice, stride, strive, scribe, strife, strike, stripe, sprite

igh/y = /I/
4
bright, flight, fright, slight, spry
  
o_e = /O/
4
broke, smoke, spoke, clone, crone, drone, stone, grope, slope, scope, score, store, snore, swore, globe, probe, stole, close, drove, stove
5
stroke, strode

oa/ow = /O/
4
cloak, croak, groan, boast, coast, roast, toast, bloat, float, throat, blown, flown, grown  

u_e = /U/
4
crude, prude, prune, flute
5
spruce

ew/oo = /U/
4
screw, drool, spool, stool, bloom, broom, gloom, groom, spoon, droop, scoop, snoop, swoop, troop, smooth