Some students master phonics sounds in early grades while others need to revisit previously taught phonics skills. It’s all good! Everyone is on a different track! This resource may be of use to your students who need continued practice with short vowel sounds. Within this download you will find the following:
1. Three fluency passages (or close readings) that include a variety of words with short vowel sounds. The passages are about Tom and Kim on a hunt for fossils. The passages are graded at 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0. Talk about differentiated instruction! With student and teacher copies and easily laid out instructions, what could go wrong?! Did I mention I tediously underlined all the syllables with short vowels on the teacher’s copies? Well, I did! But if schwas are considered short vowels, well then … I messed up. Oh, and the fluency passages could be used for whole class close readings!
2. A poster that illustrates short vowel sounds. There’s cute clipart on it, by the way.
3. Five word sorts. Five?! Yes, five! Each sort practices the five vowels (a, e, i, o, u) with included words with short vowel sounds and long vowel sounds.
4. A worksheet that has students fill in a post card as one of the characters in the passage along with a cool maze where students have to follow the words with short vowel sounds to make it to the finish. Too bad quicksand awaits them there. Just kidding.
5. A worksheet that instructs students to draw three important details from the fluency passage and write a brief summary including the three details they drew.
6. A worksheet that directs students to draw what they visualized after reading three details (given to them). Visualizing is key to comprehension, so if students respond with: “I didn’t picture anything.” You can dive into teaching visualizing! It’s called a teachable opportunity. You’re welcome.
7. A worksheet that directs students to use the Internet to look up given fossils and connect their names to their pictures.
8. Another drawing activity that has students draw a fossil using a grid. Not sure what I’m talking about? I guess you just have to buy the resource then, don’t you?
Do you need your students to work on other important vowel sounds like in digraphs (ai in rain / ea in seat) or diphthongs (oi in soil / ou in about)? Well, you’re in luck! Check out the Long Vowel Digraphs Bundle
or the Diphthongs Fluency Passages or Close Readings Bundle
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