This set offers two ways to teach the short and long vowels, either by using the two separate charts, or use the combination long and short vowels chart. For the combination chart, fold along the vertical line between the short vowels and the “long/e” column to isolate the short vowels chart when needed.
The long "e" visual has a "quiet" hand over it to show that it is silent. Many students continue to pronounce the "e" even after being taught that it is silent except to make the vowel say its name. This is a great visual so they can understand this concept.
Suggested use for the “e” cards with the dialogue bubble: glue them back-to-back and laminate. In the blank bubble, with a dry erase marker, write in the long vowel you are working on to help remind students who still struggle after teaching them with the chart.
Suggested use for all the vowel charts: laminate and write in the words, word families or letter sounds you are teaching or just use as a visual as you teach.
The –all, -ell, -ill charts feature visuals to help with pronunciation and the form the mouth should take to produce those sounds. The ball for -all helps to show that sounds like ball and your mouth is shaped like a ball when pronouncing. The elephant to show it sounds like the beginning sound of that word and the smile in the “e” to show that you stretch your mouth horizontally almost like a smile to pronounce that. Finally, the “ew” shape in the mouth we make when something is gross and it sounds like the “short i” sound. I found that my Chinese students also make this mouth and sound when teaching them the word “gross” and “stinky” in the 5 Senses Unit and is the reason I used the visuals of a “gross” face to dot the i and “stinky” trash for the visual in the –ill visual. View the videos of my classes to see how it works.
You can view some clips from my classes using this resource in my FB page, Aileen TeacherQueen in the photo album with this resource.