How fun to learn the long vowels through song and movement! These lessons include 5 posters with companion songs for introducing the 5 long vowel sounds. The different spelling patterns for each long vowel sound are included. Each poster has a Vowel Pal whose name represents her sound and that Vowel Pal's show and tell (an object representing that vowel sound in the initial position). There are motions to go with every song enabling children to make strong connections between the vowel sound and the letter representing that sound. The lessons also include phonemic awareness, letter/sound manipulation activities, and "word wall" words.
When I introduce each vowel sound in my classroom, I display the corresponding Vowel Pal poster before the students arrive. I let the children discover the new Vowel Pal. I'm as surprised as they are to see that a new friend has joined our class! We then proceed to make the new Vowel Pal feel welcome by doing activities with her sound. What fun!
An interactive SMARTboard or computer program containing the long-vowel Vowel Pals is available. This download has the Vowel Pal songs and activities for building word families. It makes the Vowel Pals come to life! I hope you check it out!
by Cheryl Thrasher
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