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Lesson plan: short vowels

Phonics, Blending and Segmenting, Decoding and Encoding, Phonemic awareness, Early reading, Letters and Sounds, Short vowels, ELA K-2, ELA 1st Grade

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Short vowel sounds are some of the first sounds kids will learn. Vowels usually make a short sound when they appear directly before a consonant.

A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound. Print out or display the phoneme /a/ chart on a screen. Scan the QR code to listen to the sound. It’s that simple!

CVC words are short words that consist of a vowel connecting two consonants, like cat or hat. These short, three-letter CVC words are the first that children learn to read or decode. The CVC words: a activity introduces children to CVC words, focusing on one connecting vowel.

We’ve made pairs of exercises for all five short vowel sounds. These can be used as five lesson plans.

Short vowel e
- The phoneme /e/
- CVC words: e

Short vowel i
- The phoneme /i/
- CVC words: i

Short vowel o
- The phoneme /o/
- CVC words: o

Short vowel u
- The phoneme /u/
- CVC words: u

These pairs of activities are a simple, fun, and effective way of learning short vowel sounds. Be sure to show us how you're using them in the classroom or at home by sharing with us!

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Deep Dive

Phonics is the method that helps children build systematic connections between letters and sounds. Phonics has a better impact on children’s reading ability than any other type of reading program. It has also been shown to improve spelling, particularly among Kindergarteners and First Graders.

To find out more, read our Deep Dive into Phonics report. This report provides an easy-to-understand overview of phonics and phonemic awareness - why they are important and how they are taught in the classroom - and explains all the relevant terminology. It's perfect for sharing with colleagues, friends, and to Google Classroom!


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