This versatile resource requires students to distinguish short and long vowel sounds when they verbalize the name of a picture. Students may be given a variety of short vowels, long vowels, or a combination of vowels, depending on students' needs.
The picture sorts in this product are in the word pattern stage. The colorful dragon headers are labeled short or long a, e, i, o, and u. There are 8 pictures, that have either a short or long sound in their name, for each vowel sound.
This activity is aligned to the following Common Core State Standards:
RF.K.3 - Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
RF.K.3.b - Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
RF.1.1.2.a - Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words
RF.1.3 - Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Picture Cards Used in this Activity:
short a – bat, can, bag, jam, fan, cat, mad, map
long a – lake, jail, gate, train, pail, cake, game, rain
short e – net, hen, wed, beg, vet, men, shed, leg
long e – bee, pea, seal, sleep, bead, feet, seed, beak
short i – lips, pig, lit, pit, dig, spin, rip, pin
long i – time, five, hive, dice, bike, ice, pipe, dive
short o – dog, fox, rocks, pop, box, frog, pot, mop
long o – hose, boat, bone, cone, coat, toad, float, goat
short u – tub, duck, bun, cup, bus, sub, bug, sun
long u – mule, cube, blue, suit, glue, fruit, music, tube
Suggestions for Use:
Students place the headings on their desk or a table and place the corresponding picture under the correct heading.
Make it into a folder activity by gluing the headings inside a folder and putting the picture cards in a pocket. You may glue the product cover on the front of the folder for easy identification.
Put magnetic tape on the back of all the pieces and have the child complete the activity on the side of a filing cabinet.
Place the headings in the top row of a pocket chart and students will place the corresponding picture or word card below the heading.