Short Vowels WORKSHEETS Fill-in-the-Blanks
(Distinguishing Short Vowel Sounds)
This package includes 8 different worksheets, an answer key for each, plus a simple strategy to help students remember the short vowel sounds. The first six worksheets contain CVC (three-letter, Consonant-Vowel-Consonant) words. The last two worksheets contain words with more letters, such as “hand” and “jump”.
I use the page called “Short Vowels REFERENCE SHEET To Help Remember Sounds” (included in this package) to explain the strategy that I have used for many years to help students remember the short vowel sounds:
1. Cut the one page into three horizontal strips so that students see only one row at a time.
2. Show students the five different pictures (first row).
3. Tell them there is one word for each picture: apple, elephant, inside, octopus, umbrella.
4. Ask students to name each picture to make sure they know what word is associated with each.
5. Show students how each picture looks like one of the vowels by drawing a vowel in the appropriate position on each picture (as shown in the second row)…
a looks like an apple
e looks like an elephant’s head
i looks like a corner of a box (or the dot is going inside the tube)
o looks like an octopus’ head
u looks like the handle of an umbrella
6. Show students the row of vowels only (third row without pictures) and ask them to name the picture associated with each. For example, they would say “apple” for a.
7. Ask students to do step 6 again, EXCEPT that they give only the FIRST SOUND of the word when they name the picture. For example, they would say the short vowel sound /a/ for a…. that’s it!
For students who need extra practice, I laminate a strip of cardstock that has only the five vowels on one side and only the pictures on the other side. I carry this around the classroom with me, and “surprise quiz” students one at a time by asking them to identify the short vowel sounds (in sequence or in random order) and flipping the card over for a brief moment to give them picture clues if they have trouble remembering.