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Shortcut To Short Vowel Sounds

Give your budding readers everything they’ll need to understand short vowel sounds and how to spot the differences between a short vowel sound and a long vowel sound.

Phonics Song (Short Vowels) | Oz Phonics

Get up close and personal with the letters a, e, i, o, and u. This fun animated video can be used in addition to the previous assignments or as an alternative to one of them.

Boot Camp! (Short Vowel Sounds) | WGBH

In this video gallery, Ava, Malaya, and Zach demonstrate the sounds that short vowel can make so that students can try it out themselves.

Picture Match: Short Vowel Sounds | ReadThinkWrite

To start this interactive, click on the button that says “Short Vowel Sounds”. Then students are tasked with sorting a series of images into boxes that represent the short vowel sounds they make.

Color by Short Vowel Sound |

Here’s another creative way to assess whether your students are getting the hang of this. This worksheet works like any color-by-number activity, except here students will color the picture according to the short vowel sound in each word.

Eboni Hogan

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Eboni has extensive experience in curriculum development, with a focus on culturally-responsive and arts-based approaches. Having spent years creating academic content and providing professional development to teachers, she now curates themed playlists meant to provide educators with valuable, time-saving resources.

Common Core Standards

K.RF.2.d Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.* (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)

K.RF.3.b Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

1.RF.2.a Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.

2.RF.3.a Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.

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