These oral drills on short and long vowel sounds meet at least two important objectives: (1) helping students develop automatic recognition and pronunciation of short and long vowel sounds in words, and (2) improving students’ capacities to learn how to use words independently through being able to use and apply dictionary resources correctly—specifically the pronunciation guide. Your students will also learn a few new words in the process, too.
Once you have taught or reviewed with students long and short vowel sounds and how to read long and short vowels pronunciation symbols (macrons and breves) in the dictionary, use these worksheets of over 100 examples each to reinforce automatic understanding of their sounds and practice at interpreting the symbols out loud. I use them as an oral drill with the whole class (6th grade) when we review dictionary skills at the beginning of the year. The sheets would be very useful as an individual diagnostic assessment of language sounds and skills as well. The first sheet is a bit easier; the second is a slightly more challenging.
Students will see how the same letters create very different words depending upon the symbol used. Students actually enjoy solving these little word puzzles and seeing how fast they can do it accurately.
This is a good review or diagnostic assessment for any age expected to be able to know long and short vowels sounds and expected to use a dictionary to learn new words. Often students who have trouble with reading have trouble with sounds; this drill will help you find out right away who is having trouble with language sounds.
You might have students try writing their own names phonetically after this drill—they enjoy doing that to apply what they have learned. Maybe make a class dictionary for a get-to-know-you activity!