Being able to recognise the short I sound, as in dig, fin and kid, is one of the foundations of year one phonics. This guided lesson teaches kids all about the short I, and offers lots of practise to encourage retention. You can get even more practise with this phonics skill by checking out the printables that work in partership with this lesson.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities.
Short I Magic WandShort letter sounds is always more fun with a little bit of magic. Learn some short i words with Tutu as she sprinkles some fairy dust on a few consonants.
Short I PhotoshootHow many short I words do you see? Discover all the hidden short I words in the picture with the help of Officer Ice Cream and her magic camera.
Short I Rhyme Hopper

Hop, hop, hop to the rhyming words! Cuz-Cuz loves splashing in mud puddles, and kids can help him do just that in this interactive rhyming game. Players must identify rhyming words from short i word families to help Cuz-Cuz get extra muddy before his bath. Early learners will love the silly game mechanics, and educators will love the focus on phonics!

Short I Cloud Catcher

Kids get to guide Tutu on a flight through the sky to find all the words that have the short I sound. Clicking on the correct words turns clouds into rainbows, and clicking on incorrect words will trigger a downpour. With words and their corresponding pictures side by side in this interactive game, kids get spelling and phonics practise without even realizing it!

Short I or Short U?

It's time for school! Help the gang get their backpacks organized by sorting short vowel words. Kids must put the short i words in one backpack, and the short u words in another backpack. This phonics game helps children listen, sound out new words, read and spell successfully.

Pig Wig StoryShort I sounds take centre stage in this cute story about a pig, a wig, a pin and more short I words.
Match the Opposite PicturesStudents are asked to match the opposite pictures in this reading and writing game. Featuring high frequency words such as "slow" and "quiet," this game is especially designed with kindergarteners in mind. Game play is simple: students must drag and drop the pictures cards next to their antonyms. Identifying opposites is a key building block for early readers and writers.

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