Vowel Intensive Activities (Short Vowel Practice)
Included are 4 vowel intensive activities to practice sound discrimination of the short vowels. Detailed directions are included for each activity. Here is a brief overview:
1. Bingo Game: Students create their Bingo board by filling it in with a mix of vowels. The caller calls out nonsense syllables and students mark off the vowel they hear on their board.
2. Picture Sort: Students cut and sort the pictures by their vowel sound, and then glue the pictures under the correct short vowel sound. 40 pictures are included.
3. Go Fish Game: This is a traditional go fish game, but using all the short vowels. There are 12 cards for each short vowel (so a deck 60 cards) The cards have an image and the word with the short vowel missing.
4. Target Game: I am always brainstorming new ways to make OG lessons multisensory. This is a game I came up with that my students really enjoy playing.
Preparing the Words:
Cut out all the cards for the syllables or words you’re going to use, or just pick a sheet to use. Verbally state a syllable or word. Have students give the vowel verbally. After the student decides which vowel they choose, they can proceed to hitting the appropriate target. I mark on my checklist if they answer correctly or incorrectly.
I put the targets on the wall or outside on trees and the students use different means to hit the targets. Things I’ve used have been throwing bean bags, water balloons, squirt guns, and even a laser pointer. If I’m using this in the winter, I’ll laminate the targets and have students throw snowballs to hit them. Use whatever creative materials you have that would be appropriate for your location and students. I like to get my students outside, but you can use them inside as well. I have even put the targets on the floor and had students stomp on them. They love mixing up the ways I have them hit the targets. You can use different sizes of targets depending on your needs.
1. large and small targets
2. 4 pages of syllables/words (15 words per page) that can be cut out and used as cards or kept together as a sheet.
3. checklists for the teacher to record which words the student answers correctly or incorrectly