Short Vowel Word Work Worksheets for 1st Grade

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CVC & Short Vowel words can be tricky for young 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! Students will love being "word detectives" while searching for short vowel patterns to highlight.

These Highlight & Record passages help beginning readers practice targeted phonics skills, in context- decoding, fluency, sorting, and writing all in one! This literacy activity has students read sentences and short stories while highlighting the targeted short vowel sounds/word families. Then, they can sort the words by spelling pattern and record their answers.

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

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This Short Vowel 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 short vowel sound)

✅ Answer Keys


Suggested Uses:

✎ Small group word work practice on targeted sounds

✎ Homework, Morning Work, Station Work

✎ Supplement Word Sorting & Spelling Programs

✎ Whole group phonics lessons while projected on the board

✎ Intervention for struggling readers

✎ Neon GLOW Day Activity- just add black lights :)


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❤️ "This is an amazing unit! I am so pleased with my purchase. What I love the most is that my children with special needs can READ these passages. They are using the skills taught in our phonics class. It is beautiful to see them read independently. They love highlighting the words that belong in the word family! WOW!"



This set is just one part of my best selling Highlight & Record Word Work Bundle which includes phonics activities for:

Short Vowels

Blends and Digraphs

Long Vowels

R Controlled Vowels

Diphthongs & Vowel Teams (Advanced Patterns)

Phonics Freebie

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.


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