I created this file because my students were struggling with short vowels. So I created a Short a practice set. It has the students identify sounds as they hear them, dragging them down to a CVC mat. The students practice putting the sounds together and read the words that they build. I also like to have my students illustrate the words that they build. I use this at my Teacher's Table in small groups. This file is 12 pages including the cover and directions page. It also includes an answer key. The short a words provided include: -ap; -an; -ad; and -at families. I also suggest laminating for durability.