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Long and Short Vowel Sort
Long and Short Vowel Sort
Game
Long and Short Vowel Sort
Time to shop! Kids must sort short and long vowel words at the toy store.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
First Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
First Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Workbook
First Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Bolster your at-home learning resources with Week 5 of this independent study packet for first graders.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Vowel Pairs Cat Food Spelling
Vowel Pairs Cat Food Spelling
Game
Vowel Pairs Cat Food Spelling
How fast can you make vowel pair words and feed Roly? Kids race against the clock to spell as many words as possible in this fast-paced game.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Short A Rhyme Match-Up
Short A Rhyme Match-Up
Game
Short A Rhyme Match-Up
Your kid matches rhyming words to activate Muggo's friend-making machine.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Vowel Team Spelling
Vowel Team Spelling
Game
Vowel Team Spelling
Feet or feat? Kids practice spelling common vowel team words and distinguishing between common homophones in this interactive vowel pair game.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Bossy R Words Spelling
Bossy R Words Spelling
Game
Bossy R Words Spelling
Bossy R words feature r-controlled vowel sounds. Help kids learn how to properly sound out and spell these words in this interactive game.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Long O Words Spelling
Long O Words Spelling
Game
Long O Words Spelling
What letter combinations make the long O sound? Kids practice common long O spelling patterns in this interactive bus stop game.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Silent E Bus Stop Spelling
Silent E Bus Stop Spelling
Game
Silent E Bus Stop Spelling
Kids help the bus get to school by spelling silent e words in this fun long vowel game.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Silent E Word Sort
Silent E Word Sort
Game
Silent E Word Sort
Silent E makes short vowels say their names. Kids will learn how to distinguish between long and short vowels in this phonics sorting game.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Short Vowel Sorting
Short Vowel Sorting
Game
Short Vowel Sorting
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Spell Out Short Vowel Words
Spell Out Short Vowel Words
Worksheet
Spell Out Short Vowel Words
These short vowel words are missing their vowels!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Silent "e" Worksheet
Silent "e" Worksheet
Worksheet
Silent "e" Worksheet
Silent "e" worksheets are important to phonics success. In this silent "e" worksheet, kids learn how to make silent "e" words out of long vowels sounds.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Long Vowels: Long A in Train
Long Vowels: Long A in Train
Worksheet
Long Vowels: Long A in Train
Introduce your first grader to ai words with this long vowels worksheet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Words That Begin with "E"
Words That Begin with "E"
Worksheet
Words That Begin with "E"
Using sight words, help your beginning reader master words that start with the letter "E". She will strengthen her vocabulary by matching pictures to words.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Short A Cat Food
Short A Cat Food
Game
Short A Cat Food
Roly loves his cat food, and your child needs to feed him by spelling short A words.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Letter Sounds Quiz
Letter Sounds Quiz
Game
Letter Sounds Quiz
Your early reader matches vowel and consonant sounds with objects.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Get Ready for Kindergarten
Get Ready for Kindergarten
Workbook
Get Ready for Kindergarten
Kindergarten readiness is the focus of this summer-themed workbook, which offers guided practice with skills in the subjects of word study, math, reading and writing.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Short A Photoshoot
Short A Photoshoot
Game
Short A Photoshoot
Kids find everything with a short A sound without seeing the words spelled out.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
A-E-I-O-U! Vowels Game
A-E-I-O-U! Vowels Game
Lesson Plan
A-E-I-O-U! Vowels Game
What do the letters A, E, I, O, and U have in common? They're all featured in this engaging reading lesson. Give your young learners a chance to play a version of Red Light, Green Light that doubles as a vowel review.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Long and Short Vowel Review
Long and Short Vowel Review
Worksheet
Long and Short Vowel Review
Distinguishing between long and short vowel sounds is one of the first steps in mastering vowels. Gauge student understanding of long and short vowels with this review activity.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Complete this Sentence: Blends in Context
Complete this Sentence: Blends in Context
Worksheet
Complete this Sentence: Blends in Context
Help your second grader improve her reading fluency by reviewing consonant blends, with help from this complete the sentence worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: ow
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: ow
Worksheet
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: ow
Help your second grader master sounding out and reading "ow" words like cow and towel.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: ew
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: ew
Worksheet
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: ew
Give your second grader practice reading and decoding "ew" words with this worksheet that asks her to choose the word that completes each sentence.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading: Phonics to Vocabulary
Reading: Phonics to Vocabulary
Workbook
Reading: Phonics to Vocabulary
This workbook focuses on the fundamentals of reading and spelling from vowel sounds to sight words.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Short and Long Vowel Review
Short and Long Vowel Review
Worksheet
Short and Long Vowel Review
By now, your child knows that not all vowel sounds are the same. Challenge him to determine whether words contain a short or long vowel sound.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Vowels

Before young learners can get to sight words, they’ll need to be able to identify the core of every word: vowels. The defining characteristic of a vowel is that the tongue does not touch the roof of the mouth, teeth, or lips when pronounced. The good news is students have only a short list to master: A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y.

Get Started With Vowels

Sounding out vowels is a great way to understand their primary characteristic: that the tongue does not make contact with another part of the mouth during pronunciation. While the tongue doesn’t touch anything else, its position and motion are key to how vowels sound.

The International Phonetic Alphabet has identified several tongue and lip actions that affect how a vowel is articulated.

The three primary vowel articulation factors are:
  • Height: the vertical location of the tongue, as it relates to the roof of the mouth or the jaw. The terms close, near-close, close-mid, mid, open-mid, near-open, and open all relate to where on the spectrum the tongue is located, from high (close) to low (open).
  • Backness: the location of the tongue, in relation to the back of the mouth. There are five terms to describe backness: front, near-front, central, near-back, and back.
  • Roundedness: this characteristic refers to the lips, not the tongue. In general, more backness equals more rounded the lips.
Other types of vowel sounds include or are influenced by nasalization, vibrating vocal cords, advanced and retracted tongues, rhotic vowels, and contractions in the vocal tract.

To help young learners easily progress toward recognizing syllables, let them try their hand at the engaging Education.com vowel activities above. Your students will quickly remember that even though the letters A, E, I, O, U (and sometimes Y) can be pronounced in different ways, they are all important for how they connect to the consonants around them.