The a, e, i, o, u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

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The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

Long vowels and short vowel posters, charts, cards and desk strips.

This file is a collection of aids that will compliment your phonemic awareness and phonics program.


NOTE: This file can now be found in ALL Clever Classroom's Word Work Resources


Vowels are organized under a, e, i, o, u.

Each phoneme is organized under it's matching vowel e.g. ay, ai, make an a sound and ea and ey make an e sound and so on. I have included both common and less common phonemes. Vowel teams that do not make a vowel sound are not included.

The posters are a starting point for you to use with your students when teaching them that vowels make different sounds and have different letter combinations.

Students will be provided with print that they can use during reading, writing and spelling sessions. Often children can hear the sound but are not sure of the letter combinations that to spell the word.

* Big picture: Children will learn that vowels can make different sounds and contain different letter combinations.

* Smaller picture: Children will be exposed to the different sounds that each vowel phoneme can make. They will be given print (posters) to help them access sound and letter combination knowledge when reading, writing and spelling new words.

You might also like this similar resource focusing just on long vowels. Long Vowel Sorting and Coloring Printables.

Your file includes posters, charts, cards and desk strips (no activities or worksheets included) in both color and black and white and consist of:

* One page overview of all vowel sounds with text and examples

* Chart with phonemes only (not words or clipart)

* Desk strips with phonemes only (not words or clipart)

* Desk strips with word examples under vowel headings with color highlighted phonemes

* Vowel sound chart 'at a glance' with sound and one example for all vowels

* Teacher page - list of words for each phoneme for each vowel

* Page with vowel sounds organized by short and long vowels with example (text only)

* Sounds that Vowels Make Poster: phonemes only for a, e, i, o, u (includes all phonemes for each vowel)

* Sounds that Vowels Make Poster: words only, with highlighted phoneme includes all examples for each vowel

* Sounds that Vowels Make Poster: text and picture example for all phonemes for each vowel

* Cards (four to a page) with two example for each phoneme

* Vowel strips (one for each vowel) three to a page - same vowel on each page.

How to's and guides included plus Common Core connections for first through fourth grade standards.

************ PLEASE NOTE: This file IS NOT a collection of vowel teams, r controlled vowels or short and long vowels. I have included vowel teams that make long and short vowel sounds, but haven’t included the irregular, non-vowel sounds. The chart conveys vowel sounds under their matching headings.

I have included less common long u sounds that represent the final phoneme unit that makes an oo sound after the y or u phoneme. These include: ui, ue, oo, ew and ou. This chart aims to help children spell new words. Children can use the chart when they hear the oo sounds (which are heard as a long u sound at the end of articulation) and find what they think is the correct spelling.

************* Please cite the images before purchasing to see if the sounds and their letter combinations match your particular dialect and program. **************

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.


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