Short Vowel Word Work Printables for Distance Learning Packets

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  1. Vowels, blends, and digraphs oh my! Get your struggling readers to beg for word work and spelling practice with the simple magic of a highlighter! Bring excitement to your phonics, phonemic awareness, and decoding lessons by using these engaging word work activities. Beginning readers will love bein
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CVC words can be tricky for young or struggling readers to identify and blend. Have your students begging for word work time with this engaging short vowel phonics activity, perfect for building both reading and spelling skills! These Highlight and Record pages go beyond just short vowel worksheets by adding in a sense of fun.

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This literacy activity has students read sentences and short stories while highlighting the short vowel sounds/word families. Then, they can sort the words by spelling pattern. They will love being "word detectives" and searching for evidence with highlighters :)

All sentences use basic sight words and decodable text (mainly CVC words) to help build independent readers.

This Phonics Word Work Activity Includes:

Focused/Single sound practice

✅ Mixed sound practice (for word sorting)

✅ Review at both the sentence and story level

✅ Mini Anchor Charts (1 per Vowel)

✅ Answer Keys


Suggested Uses:

✎ Small group practice on targeted sounds

✎ Spelling homework

✎ Morning work

✎ Supplement with Word Sorting Programs

✎ Whole group phonics lessons while projected on the board

✎ Differentiated independent work (during literacy stations)

✎ RTI Practice for struggling readers

✎ Simple support for ESL students

✎ Print and laminate for paper-saving center practice with dry erase markers

✎ Distance Learning Packet pages


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❤️ "My students love completing these. They have no idea how much skill practice they are doing while they have fun. Words are used in context, not in isolation, so it's also more meaningful."

❤️ "I can't wait to use these with my ELL students especially for my students who are struggling readers in 2nd-5th grade. I love the passage format because it makes my struggling readers in 2nd-5th grade feel more accomplished than simply reading flashcards or fluency phrases/sentences. Thank you!"


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Short Vowels
Blends and Digraphs
Long Vowels
R Controlled Vowels

Advanced Patterns (Diphthongs, Vowel Patterns, & More)
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).
Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.


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