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Spell Out Short Vowel Words
Spell Out Short Vowel Words
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Spell Out Short Vowel Words
These short vowel words are missing their vowels!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
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
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
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" 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.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Long A Sound
Long A Sound
Worksheet
Long A Sound
In this worksheet, children will complete each sentence using a word with a long A sound.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Short A 1
Short A 1
Guided Lesson
Short A 1
Bag, cat and cap are all examples of short A words that kindergarteners will be learning to read this year. You can support this learning with a guided exploration of the short A sound. Kids will be taught how to identify the short A within text, in addition to the corresponding sound. Check out our short A printables for more phonics practice.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Missing Sound: Short Vowel Practice
Missing Sound: Short Vowel Practice
Worksheet
Missing Sound: Short Vowel Practice
Use this short vowel worksheet to help your budding reader identify short vowel sounds.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Circle the Short Vowel
Circle the Short Vowel
Worksheet
Circle the Short Vowel
Help your students review short vowel sounds as they identify which sound is in each word.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: AW
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: AW
Worksheet
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: AW
This worksheet helps students fine tune their understanding of letter-sound relationships and spelling patterns.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Phonics 1
Phonics 1
Guided Lesson
Phonics 1
Second grade phonics covers more advanced rules that build upon kids' foundational reading skills, such as vowel pairs (ai, ee, ea, oo), long and short vowels, and the silent E. This guided lesson covers these three areas in order to enhance kids' skills with decoding more challenging texts. You can boost reading fluency further by printing the phonics worksheets that go with this lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
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
Color by Short Vowel Sound
Color by Short Vowel Sound
Worksheet
Color by Short Vowel Sound
Help your first grader practice sounding out short vowels with a fun coloring activity.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
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
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: ou
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: ou
Worksheet
Practice Reading Vowel Diphthongs: ou
In this worksheet, kids practice decoding and understanding words with the diphthong ou.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
R-Controlled Vowels
R-Controlled Vowels
Worksheet
R-Controlled Vowels
R-controlled vowels can be tricky, but they provide a great way to help kids expand their phonics skills!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary in Focus
Vocabulary in Focus
Workbook
Vocabulary in Focus
This workbook builds reading comprehension by reinforcing vocabulary with word puzzles, homophones and a few quick reading pages.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Phonics Fun: Ar and Or Words
Phonics Fun: Ar and Or Words
Worksheet
Phonics Fun: Ar and Or Words
Focusing on the letter blends ar and or, this worksheet helps build your child's repertoire of letter and sound combinations.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Phonics Fun: Vowels and Diphthongs
Phonics Fun: Vowels and Diphthongs
Workbook
Phonics Fun: Vowels and Diphthongs
Help your child solidify basic reading skills with these engaging phonics worksheets. Identifying vowels and vowel blends in this workbook will help your child practice fundamental reading skills.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Word Play
Word Play
Guided Lesson
Word Play
This word play lesson teaches second graders about diphthongs (ow, ou, oi, oy and ew words) and tricky plural nouns (geese, feet, mice). It also introduces kids to the bossy R rule, which states that when the letter r follows a vowel it changes the way the word is pronouced, for example far, car, and fur. These rules can help second graders advance their reading fluency and spelling skills.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Silent "e" Word Play
Silent "e" Word Play
Worksheet
Silent "e" Word Play
Help your first grader practice writing and sounding out silent "e" words with this helpful worksheet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Search Vowel Educational Resources

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.