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Long "a" Sound
Long "a" Sound
Worksheet
Long "a" Sound
These sentences are each missing a word! Can your child fix them? This worksheet will help her recognize long-vowel patterns and spell them correctly.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
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
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
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
Words That Begin with "Y"
Words That Begin with "Y"
Worksheet
Words That Begin with "Y"
Your little reader will enjoy learning words that begin with "Y" using sight words. He'll build his vocabulary as he matches pictures to words.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Words That Begin with "K"
Words That Begin with "K"
Worksheet
Words That Begin with "K"
Using sight words, help your beginning reader master words that begin with the letter "K". He'll strengthen his vocabulary and spelling as he goes!
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
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
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
Practice Reading Vowel Dipthongs: aw
Practice Reading Vowel Dipthongs: aw
Worksheet
Practice Reading Vowel Dipthongs: aw
Help your beginning reader practice decoding tricky "aw" words with this complete the sentence worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find the Letter M: Do You Know the Muffin Man?
Find the Letter M: Do You Know the Muffin Man?
Worksheet
Find the Letter M: Do You Know the Muffin Man?
How many M's does the Muffin Man have in his nursery rhyme? Kids find and count each letter M in the rhyme on this kindergarten reading worksheet.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Big Kid: Reading Comprehension
Big Kid: Reading Comprehension
Game
Big Kid: Reading Comprehension
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Short "A" Vowel
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
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
Short U Match-Up
Short U Match-Up
Game
Short U Match-Up
Kids must find the object that starts with the short u sound in this zany game.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Words That Begin with "O"
Words That Begin with "O"
Worksheet
Words That Begin with "O"
Help your beginning reader learn words that begin with the letter "O", using sight words. She'll be building her vocabulary and spelling skills.
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
Long "A": Word Search
Long "A": Word Search
Worksheet
Long "A": Word Search
What words have long "A" sounds? This word search will help your child improve his reading skills as he grows familiar with the vowel sound of the long A.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Short I Cat Food
Short I Cat Food
Game
Short I Cat Food
Kids must feed Roly by to spell words in this short I reading game.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Syllabication: Open and Closed Syllables
Syllabication: Open and Closed Syllables
Lesson Plan
Syllabication: Open and Closed Syllables
Students will practice separating words into syllables and determining if those syllables are open or closed. Through the use of word sorts, whiteboard assessments, and more, your students will have fun while learning this skill!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
"Short A" Cloud Catcher
"Short A" Cloud Catcher
Game
"Short A" Cloud Catcher
Kids help Tutu make rainbows by identifying short A words in this reading game.
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.