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Fun with the Short I Sound

Kids will be thrilled to fill their short "i" vocabulary banks using this lesson plan. It includes worksheets and oral activities to keep young learners engaged.
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Year two learners have fun with the short “i” sound in this reading and writing lesson plan. Children will discover that the vowel I makes two sounds—both a long and short “i” sound—but this lesson focuses on the short sound found in words such as “wig,” “it,” and “brick.” Young learners will practise making and identifying the short I sound, matching words that contain the short “i” sound with corresponding pictures, and recognizing the short “i” sound in both images and words as they complete colorful worksheets.

Students will be able to identify and pronounce words containing the short 'i' sound.

(5 minutes)
Short "i" SoundsShort "i" WordsWord Cards
  • Tell students that today, they're going to learn the short sound made by a very special vowel.
  • Write the letter 'i' on the chalkboard.
  • Explain to students that this vowel has two sounds, a short sound and a long sound. Today, they will be learning about its short sound.
  • Make the short 'i' sound.
  • Encourage your students to make the short 'i' sound.
  • Orally give examples of words with the short 'i' sound (e.g. ill, dig, pin, big).
(10 minutes)
  • Write the word 'it' on the chalkboard.
  • Pronounce the word 'it' placing emphasis on the short 'i' sound.
  • Ask students to say the word.
  • Ask students to say the sound they hear at the beginning of the word.
  • Write the word 'wig' on the chalkboard.
  • Pronounce the word 'wig' placing emphasis on the short 'i' sound.
  • Ask students to say the word.
  • Ask students to say the sound they hear at the middle of the word.
  • Write the word 'lip' on the chalkboard.
  • Pronounce the word 'lip' placing emphasis on the short 'i' sound.
  • Ask students to say the word.
  • Ask students to say the sound they hear at the middle of the word.
  • Call one student up to the chalkboard to underline the letter in the word 'it' that makes that 'i' (short 'i') sound. Call up two other students to do the same for the words 'wig' and 'lip'.
(15 minutes)
  • Clean the chalkboard and put up the six pictures (brick, sit, pig, kit, ink, and iguana)
  • Ask students to name the pictures, and assist them if needed.
  • Explain to students that the name of each picture has the short 'i' sound.
  • Hold up the word cards one at a time.
  • Read each word card to your students, placing emphasis on short 'i' sound.
  • Allow your students to read each word card.
  • Select six students, and give each a word card.
  • Tell your selected students to put their word cards under the correct picture.
  • Tell all of your students to once more read the word cards.
  • Ask your students to tell you where in each word they hear the short 'i' sound (e.g. at the beginning or in the middle).
(10 minutes)
  • Distribute the Short "i" worksheets to your students.
  • Read the the instructions on each worksheet.
  • Name the pictures on the Short "i" Sound worksheet with your students.
  • Enrichment:Let advanced students write another word with the short 'i' sound on their own.
  • Support:Help struggling students think of, spell, and write another word with the short 'i' sound.
(5 minutes)
  • Quiz students orally about what they learnt.
  • Let students practise saying the short 'i' sound.
  • Ask students to give other examples of words with the short 'i' sound (ask students to say which part of the word the short 'i' sound is heard).
(15 minutes)
  • Share the 'short-sounds-i' worksheets to students.
  • Read the instructions on the worksheet.
  • Read the words on the worksheet with your students.

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