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Long and Short Vowel Sort
Long and Short Vowel Sort
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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
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
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
Vowel or Consonant?
Vowel or Consonant?
Lesson Plan
Vowel or Consonant?
Help your class understand what makes AEIO and U so special with this lesson that helps them differentiate between vowels and consonants.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Short Vowel Sort
Short Vowel Sort
Game
Short Vowel Sort
What short vowel do you hear? Kids must sort by sound in this phonics game.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Sound Sorting
Sound Sorting
Workbook
Sound Sorting
Sort out the short vowel sounds with this comprehensive phonics packet! Beginning readers will review vowel families and practice differentiating between "short" vowels and "long" vowels.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Get Ready for First Grade
Get Ready for First Grade
Workbook
Get Ready for First Grade
This summer-themed workbook guides students in practicing the essential skills they’ll need to know as they enter first grade, from word study and math to reading and writing.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Spot the Silent E Words: Camping
Spot the Silent E Words: Camping
Game
Spot the Silent E Words: Camping
Kids play detective and practice phonics in this engaging silent e game.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
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
Silent E 2
Silent E 2
Guided Lesson
Silent E 2
The silent E makes a vowel says its name! Help your child remember this spelling pattern with these learning resources.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Silent E Sentence Match
Silent E Sentence Match
Game
Silent E Sentence Match
Kids work toward reading fluency with this engaging sentence match game.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Big Kid: Reading Comprehension
Big Kid: Reading Comprehension
Game
Big Kid: Reading Comprehension
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game

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.