This seashell vowel team sort is a motivating way for students to practice their long vowel sounds this summer!

Scroll below to grab the freebie and then jump over and snag our Vowel Team Centers in our shop!

Getting Ready

The prep for this vowel team sort was very simple.

I printed the vowel team pails and the 24 word cards onto cardstock for durability.

Then, I cut out each of the pails and the word cards using my paper cutter.

Vowel Team Sorting

To introduce the activity, I started by reviewing the rule: “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.”

Then, I had the kids help me remember the correct sound each vowel pair made on the buckets.

After the quick review, I placed each of the five vowel team pails at the bottom of the table and all of the word cards face down on the table.

The first student picked up a card and looked at the picture.

She carefully read the word out loud: nail.

After listening to the sound of the word and the spelling, she correctly placed the nail seashell card into the ai vowel team bucket.

Going around the table, each student took a turn to draw a card, read the word out loud and placed the seashell on the correct bucket.

We repeated this process until all of the cards were sorted into the correct pails.

Vowel Team Extension Activity

Once the kids had correctly read the word and had practiced sorting the cards into the correct bucket with no mistakes, I pulled out the second set of vowel team sort cards included in the freebie to stretch the activity for students who were ready for a challenge.

Since the second set of picture cards did not have the name of the object written on them, they were a great way to practice sounding out the word, rather than reading and matching the vowel team letters.

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If you’re ready to have some beach-themed fun practicing vowel teams, scroll down and click the blue download button. Then, make sure to check out our Vowel Team Centers for more fun!

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  1. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the long vowel sort…my students will love it. I am so happy to have found your blog! You have amazing ideas…very cute and engaging for 1st graders! THANK YOU!!!! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Sherry!
      We’re thrilled you’re enjoying it!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  2. Help! When I click the download button nothing happens! It works for other downloads, just not this one!

  3. hi hi i would like the get the vowel team sort with the buckets but the download button is not active

  4. I am having trouble downloading the vowel team beach bucket sort I click the download button but nothing happens. Thank you so much for all the great resources they are amazing

  5. I am trying to download the vowel teams sort, and the link to download is not working.

  6. I would like to download the link for the “partner vowel sorting” activity but the link isn’t working

    thank you

  7. Love this but the download button won’t work!

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