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Students get targeted short vowel practice with these phonics task cards. Each set of 24 pictures targets Short E and Short I words. Distinguishing these two sounds seems to often be the last hurdle of short vowel mastery.
Volume 1 focuses on contrasting short e and short i words with only 3 letters.
Volume 2 focuses on contrasting short e and short i words with blends and digraphs. I have found that students who have mastered the first volume, sometimes make mistakes when blends and digraphs are challenging for them.
These sets are in crisp and clear black and white. Each picture has the corresponding letter boxes under it. Each box is in the shape of the correct letter or digraph. Laminate the cards so that students can write inside the boxes, or students can use the answer sheet provided. I have them do both--if they finish early, they can copy the words onto the answer sheet and turn it in. Also, I am not a big laminator, so I have the pages in sheet protectors which work great. Students are forced to stretch and feel for all the sounds. Included in each set is a page with 24 sets of dotted lines so that you can have the students who finish early transfer their answers.
Included in this set is a progress monitoring tool. Students practice reading the short i and short e families in order and mixed up. Students are tested on their reading of the mixed up word list.
The key to beginning reading is to provide a lot of practice for students to feel for sounds in their mouth. The more success they have in differentiating all of the sounds and determining how sounds feel different and are made in different parts of the mouth, the faster they move to the next level of reading/spelling. This center and the other short vowel centers will help your students move to that next level. As with all picture sorts or picture word work, introduce the pictures to the students before placing the work in a center so as to avoid being interrupted and ensure success.