Playing with Short Vowels

Short Vowel Sound Review

One fun way to get your child familiar with short vowel sounds is through simple rhymes. Start with a word with a short vowel sound, like "bug" or "cat," and invite your child to think of words that rhyme with it.
Be sure to review short vowel sounds at the beginning of the year with your class. Sing songs and chant poems as part of your daily routines.
Short
Short "A" Vowel
Worksheet
Short "A" Vowel
On this first grade phonics worksheet, kids practice identifying the short "A" vowel sound by circling pictures. Then they write their own short "A" word.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Short
Short "U" Vowel
Worksheet
Short "U" Vowel
On this first grade phonics worksheet, kids practice identifying the short "U" vowel sound by circling pictures. Then they write their own short "U" word.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Short
Short "O" Vowel
Worksheet
Short "O" Vowel
On this first grade phonics worksheet, kids practice identifying the short "O" vowel sound by circling pictures. Then they write their own short "O" word.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Short
Short "I" Vowel
Worksheet
Short "I" Vowel
On this first grade phonics worksheet, kids practice identifying the short "I" vowel sound by circling pictures. Then they write their own short "I" word.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Short
Short "E" Vowel
Worksheet
Short "E" Vowel
On this first grade phonics worksheet, kids practice identifying the short "E" vowel sound by circling pictures. Then they write their own short "E" word.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Short A Dot-to-Dot
Short A Dot-to-Dot
Game
Short A Dot-to-Dot
Kids connect the dots to complete the letter "a" ... and help Floyd and Roly rap!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game

Number Combinations

Number Combinations

Put five pennies in a cup, shake it up, and have your child record the number of heads and tails on a piece of paper. Repeat until you have recorded all the different combinations of five.
Put five pennies in a cup, shake it up, and have students record the number of heads and tails. Repeat until you have recorded all the different combinations of five.
Animal Picture Addition
Animal Picture Addition
Worksheet
Animal Picture Addition
How many zebras do you see? What about tigers? Practice your math skills with animals. Count and add up the drawings to practice addition.
Kindergarten
Math
Worksheet
Addition: Ocean Math
Addition: Ocean Math
Worksheet
Addition: Ocean Math
Kids practice adding single-digit numbers and writing the sums on this ocean-themed kindergarten math worksheet.
Kindergarten
Math
Worksheet
Very Nutty!
Very Nutty!
Worksheet
Very Nutty!
Your kids will get an intro to basic addition with this worksheet, which challenges them to count and add acorns, walnuts, and almonds!
Kindergarten
Math
Worksheet
Basic Addition
Basic Addition
Worksheet
Basic Addition
An apple a day keeps the doctor away--and the math tutor! This colorful worksheet entices first graders to practice single-digit addition and counting.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Count 'Em Up: Avocado Addition
Count 'Em Up: Avocado Addition
Worksheet
Count 'Em Up: Avocado Addition
Help your first grader improve her counting and addition ability with this colorful worksheet.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Fish Bowl Addition
Fish Bowl Addition
Game
Fish Bowl Addition
Students help Birdee and Cuz-Cuz count up all the fish they won in this addition game.
1st grade
Math
Game
Then Came One
Then Came One
Lesson plan
Then Came One
Help students use a 100 chart while discovering patterns of one more. This fun lesson will help students find connects between numbers and gain fluency with numbers within 100.
1st grade
Math
Lesson plan
Race to 120
Race to 120
Lesson plan
Race to 120
Build familiarity with numbers from 1 to 120 with this fun game. This lesson can be used alone or with the lesson plan **Then Came One.**
1st grade
Math
Lesson plan

Reading Independently

Reading Independently

When you're at the library or bookstore with your child, try reading a few lines of the books you're thinking of getting before you check out. This will get your child thinking about what they like to read, and help them become familiar with a variety of books.
Make sure to check in with students when they are picking books for reading time. As they read, have them answer basic comprehension questions.
My Reading Reflection Journal
My Reading Reflection Journal
Worksheet
My Reading Reflection Journal
This open-ended reading reflection journal helps kindergarteners to think about the books they've read.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Character Paper Dolls
Character Paper Dolls
Worksheet
Character Paper Dolls
After independent reading, check in to see how students are understanding what they read. Having students make character paper dolls is a fun way to assess their comprehension and bring the story to life!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Independent Reading Log
Independent Reading Log
Worksheet
Independent Reading Log
After independent reading, have students record and reflect. Young readers will demonstrate their ability to summarize and respond to their reading, and a log is a fun way for them to track their progress. Make copies of this log to use again and again!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Set the Scene
Set the Scene
Worksheet
Set the Scene
Being able to identify when and where a story takes place is an important skill for young readers. After reading fiction books, check students’ comprehension by having them draw the setting of the story in this fun reading comprehension activity.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Question Keeper
Question Keeper
Worksheet
Question Keeper
As students begin to read independently, they may have questions about what they read. These questions should be encouraged! Have students record their questions about their reading or any unknown words on this graphic organizer.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Use Your Mind and Visualize!
Use Your Mind and Visualize!
Lesson plan
Use Your Mind and Visualize!
Help students learn the crucial reading strategy of visualizing. Visualizing is a key component of learning to infer from a text. Kids will love using their imagination and drawing pictures of their visualizations.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Describe Sensory Details
Describe Sensory Details
Lesson plan
Describe Sensory Details
In this lesson, students will use their five senses to tell about a picture. They will gain experience articulating and recognizing sensory details while building language skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Clouds: Level E
Clouds: Level E
Story
Clouds: Level E
Get to know the many different kids of clouds in this leveled book from the education experts at Education.com.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Story

Spelling Strategies

Spelling Strategies

As your child begins to spell new words, encourage them to say each sound in the new word slowly. This will help them know which letters to use when writing the word.
When students are spelling words in their writing, instruct students to say the word several times making sure they are hearing all of the sounds in the word as they write it.
Spelling Practice: Animal Names
Spelling Practice: Animal Names
Worksheet
Spelling Practice: Animal Names
Sound it out! Writing long words can be tricky! This worksheet encourages students to stretch out animal words and represent all the sounds they hear with letters.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Spelling Practice: Breakfast Buffet
Spelling Practice: Breakfast Buffet
Worksheet
Spelling Practice: Breakfast Buffet
Yum, that sounds delicious! Writing long words can be tricky, so this worksheet encourages students to stretch out breakfast words and represent all the sounds they hear with letters.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Word Detective: Fruits
Word Detective: Fruits
Worksheet
Word Detective: Fruits
Have your kids put on their detective hats to solve the case of the missing letters! Students are encouraged to slow down and listen to each sound they hear. By working as word detectives, students learn how to segment words into different sounds.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Word Detective: Pets
Word Detective: Pets
Worksheet
Word Detective: Pets
These pets need your help finding their missing letters! This worksheet encourages students to slow down and listen to each sound they hear. By working as word detectives, students learn how to segment pet words into different sounds.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Classroom Memory Challenge
Classroom Memory Challenge
Worksheet
Classroom Memory Challenge
Get ready for a fun memory game! Students take one minute to look around the classroom before turning their eyes back to the paper to write down as many items as they can…without looking! This is a great way to engage students in writing independently.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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