Looking for a fun way to practice those tricky vowel sounds with kids? This complement to our popular CVC word sort helps students sort, match and compare short vowel and long vowel words. The hands-on freebie is great to use as literacy centers, guided reading lessons or homeschool activities.
For more vowel fun, check out our Vowel Team Centers in our shop!
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If you’re like me and love resources that can be repurposed for a range of activities, this pack is for you! I printed the set on cardstock to give it extra durability. You could also laminate it if you’ll be using the activities over and over again in a classroom.
After cutting out the parts, I grabbed the picture sorting mats to have my students focus on learning one vowel at a time. I had children pick up a card, say the word out loud and place it in the correct spot on the mat.
There’s one set for each: A, E, I, O and U.
Once I saw that students could easily sort the long and short vowel sounds, I did a combined vowel sort working on all five sounds at once. I focused on a short vowel sort, a long vowel sort and then did a combined sort for revision.
For easy storage, I stapled a zip lock bag to the back of each mat to make it easy to find the right pictures when I needed them.
Roll and Say
The other activity I love doing is rolling the dice and asking children what word they can think of with that sound.
For example, if a child rolled long E she could name, “eat” or “jeep” or “leap”… It’s a simple, fun way to practice those tricky sounds!
To grab your free copy of these printables below and then hop over and download our Vowel Team Centers, too!
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