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Short & Long Vowel Phonemes


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Knowing short and long vowels is a decoding prerequisite. Music and auditory association are amazingly effective for teaching students to produce and identify the difficult short vowel phonemes. The first 5 songs on the CD and the posters are for the short vowel phonemes.

Students must identify vowel phonemes in the 7 sets of 20-card vowel sorts. Five cover the short and long phonemes for each vowel and two require that students discriminate between 2 short vowels, which is a more difficult task. There are also 3 sheets of 30 pictures (6 for each short vowel). Discriminating among all 5 short vowel phonemes is challenging, and these allow for extra practice.

Long vowels are easier to master. Remind students that the long vowels "say their names." Posters are not included for the long vowels, but songs for a, e, i, and o are on the CD.

Grade Levels: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd

Common Core ELA Standards: RF.K.3b, RF.1.2a. RF.1.2b, RF.1.2c, RF.1.2d

Contents: 15 cover-weight sheets (Phoneme Songs CD, 7 20-picture sorts, 5 short vowel posters, 90 short vowel pictures)

Reading Manipulatives is discontinuing production of printed, laminated materials. Remaining full-color phonemic awareness and reading readiness products are being liquidated at more than 50% off laminated pricing. The fun art is printed on cover-weight paper. The engaging graphics could also be used for vocabulary and language development. Pieces are coded for organization.


7 sets of 20-picture sorts
5 short vowel posters
Phoneme Songs CD
30 short vowel pictures
Free online guide