20 Perfect Anchor Charts To Teach Phonics and Blends

Every great reader has their beginnings in sounding out words!

Examples of anchor charts

Phonics anchor charts and blends charts are a great way to teach difficult concepts to beginning readers. Keep them around the classroom, and your students will be able to use them independently for increased confidence and learning!

Here are 20 blends and phonics anchor charts we love.

1. Silent E

Silent e anchor chart, as an example of phonics anchor charts

Source: 1 and 2 With Mr. Su

Students will love putting words to the test both with a silent e on the end and without. Have students hold up a floating e so they recognize both words.

2. Hard and Soft C

Word that start with c, as an example of phonics anchor charts

Source: Mrs. Jones’s Class


The different sounds made by the letter C can definitely be tricky to understand. You might have your students help you create this anchor chart, coming up with words that fall into both categories.

3. Row Your Boat

Phonics anchor char for "ow" and "oa" words

Source: Shining and Sparkling in First Grade

We like how this anchor chart puts vowel digraphs that make the same sound side by side.

4. Explaining Consonant Blends

Phonics anchor chart with consonant blend examples

Source: Consonant Blends/The Inspired Apple

When you work on consonant blends, have students compare each letter’s sound individually. Then have them pay close attention to what happens when they blend together.

5. Beginning Blends

Anchor charts with images and words featuring beginning blends.

Source: The Mall-ard Kindergarten Marquee

The best part of this chart is that you can add blends as you introduce them in class.

6. Double E Tree

Anchor chart featuring "ee" words.

Take one single concept, like the double e, and come up with every single word that it applies to.

7. Vowel Pairs

Anchor chart with illustrations and words featuring vowel pairs.

Use this anchor chart to help define the rule, and then encourage your students to come up with their own examples to add.

8. Recipes for Blends

Anchor chart featuring illustrations and words that are recipes for blends.

Source: Smitten With First

A cute analogy that will encourage students to try different letters together, creating and testing their own word “recipes” too.

9. It’s Owl Right

Anchor chart with illustration of an owl with "ow" words.

Source: Mrs. Jump’s Class

This cute owl chart shows students the many words that contain an “ow” sound, whether it’s spelled “ow” or “ou.”

10. The Many Ways to Spell the Long A Sound

Anchor chart with long a sounds.

Source: Hello Literacy

One of the trickiest things about phonics for students to learn is how the same sound can be spelled lots of different ways. It helps to see side-by-side examples, like in this anchor chart that describes the different spellings of the long A sound.

11. Bring in the Blender

Blender with phonics blends inside as an anchor chart.

Source: Tales of a Teacherista

Put the current blends you are studying “in the blender.” Cute!

12. The H Brothers

The h brothers anchor chart for phonics.

We love how this anchor chart creatively shows the different sounds digraphs containing the letter H make.

13. The Bandit Y

The "bandit y" anchor chart.

Source: First Grade Fresh

Try this anchor chart to help your kids learn how tricky Y can be!

14. Pairs, Digraphs, and Diphthongs

Vowel pairs anchor chart.

Source: Mrs. Gillespie’s Thoughts

What are the differences between these vowel pairs, anyway?

15. Sounds of G

Sof and hard g anchor chart.

Source: Glitzy in 1st Grade

Is it a hard G? Is it a soft G? Students will easily learn the difference between the two and get great examples too.

16. Ow vs. Oa

Anchor chart with "ow" and "oa" words.

This chart shows the differences between words that contain a long O sound. We like how the beginning and ending blends are highlighted too.

17. Phonics Charts for Every Digraph

Example of "sh," "th," "ch," and "wh" words with illustrations, as an example of phonics anchor charts

Source: The Inspired Apple

We love the idea of creating different phonics charts for each digraph you are studying and adding words as you learn them.

18. Lesson From a Pirate

Illustration of pirate with "ar" words, as an example of phonics anchor charts

Source: Mrs. A’s Kindergarten

Get your pirate voice ready because you’re definitely going to want to use it when you go over words with “ar” in them.

19. Long I Storytelling

phonics charts long I, as an example of phonics anchor charts

Source: Tied Up With String

It’s fun to write a class story or poem using a certain sound as many times as possible.

20. Bossy R

phonics charts

Practice saying “Bossy R” words with your students. It really helps them to hear it said out loud.

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20 Perfect Anchor Charts To Teach Phonics and Blends