Consonant Blends

Consonant blends are two or more consonant sounds that are blended together in a word, but each sound can still be heard. Examples of consonant blends include bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, and tr. Learning about consonant blends is important for developing reading and spelling skills.

Examples of Consonant Blends:

  1. Bl: The bl blend is found in words like blue, black, and block.
  2. Cl: The cl blend is found in words like class, clean, and clock.
  3. Fl: The fl blend is found in words like flag, flower, and flip.
  4. Gl: The gl blend is found in words like glad, glass, and globe.
  5. Pl: The pl blend is found in words like plane, plant, and play.
  6. Tr: The tr blend is found in words like tree, train, and truck.

How to Teach Consonant Blends:

  1. Begin with simple consonant blends: Start with blends that are easy to pronounce and recognize, such as bl, cl, and pl.
  2. Use visual aids: Use pictures or flashcards to help students associate consonant blends with words.
  3. Practice blending sounds: Have students practice blending the sounds of the consonant blends, such as “bl” in “block” or “pl” in “plant”.
  4. Read aloud: Read books or stories that contain words with consonant blends, and have students practice reading them aloud.
  5. Play games: Play games such as “I Spy” where students have to identify words with consonant blends, or have them sort words by their blends.


  1. Identify the consonant blend in the following words:
  • Black
  • Glass
  • Flip
  • Train
  1. Write a word that contains each of the following consonant blends:
  • Bl
  • Pl
  • Tr
  1. Use the following words in a sentence:
  • Flag
  • Class
  • Tree


Consonant blends are an important aspect of reading and spelling. By teaching students to recognize and pronounce consonant blends, they will be better equipped to read and write words with these blends. Use visual aids, practice blending sounds, read aloud, and play games to reinforce the learning of consonant blends.


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