Lesson Plan

Fun with the Short I Sound

Kids will be thrilled to fill their short "i" vocabulary banks using this lesson plan. It includes worksheets and oral activities to keep young learners engaged.
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First grade learners have fun with the short “i” sound in this reading and writing lesson plan. Children will discover that the vowel I makes two sounds—both a long and short “i” sound—but this lesson focuses on the short sound found in words such as “wig,” “it,” and “brick.” Young learners will practice making and identifying the short I sound, matching words that contain the short “i” sound with corresponding pictures, and recognizing the short “i” sound in both images and words as they complete colorful worksheets.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and pronounce words containing the short 'i' sound.


(5 minutes)
Short "i" SoundsShort "i" WordsWord Cards
  • Tell students that today, they're going to learn the short sound made by a very special vowel.
  • Write the letter 'i' on the chalkboard.
  • Explain to students that this vowel has two sounds, a short sound and a long sound. Today, they will be learning about its short sound.
  • Make the short 'i' sound.
  • Encourage your students to make the short 'i' sound.
  • Orally give examples of words with the short 'i' sound (e.g. ill, dig, pin, big).