Lesson Plan

Short Vowel Sounds: A

Help your students improve their language skills by identifying the short A sound and decoding words.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will match the letter A with the /ă/ (short A) sound.
  • Students will practice identifying the short A sound in the -ad and -at word families.


(5 minutes)
Short "A" Vowel
  • Ask your students to recite the alphabet. Afterward, have them say which of the letters are vowels.
  • As the class says the vowels, write them on the board. If necessary, remind the class that the vowels are A, E, I, O, and U.
  • Tell your students that they will be focusing on the /ă/ sound.
  • Ask your students for examples of the difference between the long and short A sounds. Possible answers include: gate and pat.