WORD SORT: Short and Long Vowels with Pictures and Words
The word sorts in this 5-part product are in the word pattern stage. Cards are included for students to do sound sorts, sight sorts or both, allowing you to differentiate to meet students’ needs.
This activity is aligned to the following Common Core State Standards:
RF.K.3 - Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
RF.K.3.b - Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
RF.1.1.2.a - Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words
RF.1.3 - Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
This product includes 10 headers, 90 picture cards and 90 word cards for sorting and duplicate cards with white frames.
The headers are labeled short or long a, e, i, o, or u with a picture that has that specific sound. There are 16 pictures, that have either a short or long sound in their name, for each vowel along with 16 words for each vowel that have the short or long o sound. The students will focus on matching vowel sounds in the words to the headers.
A key has also been provided to let children check their own work.
Picture Cards Used in this Activity:
short a – cat, apple, hat or cap, lamp, ham, pan, tag, crab, flag
long a – cake, acorn, gate, rake, vase, tape, ape, mail, apron
short e – tent, men, well, vest, desk, nest, net, egg, bed
long e – tree, leaves, queen, key, wheel, bee, feet, geese, cheese
short i – pig, fish, igloo, bib, gift, hill, mitt, pin, six
long i – kite, ice cream, slide, tie, bike, nine, pie, dime, bride
short o – sock, top, dock, lock, rocking horse, pot, mop, blocks, clock
long o – boat, bowl, goat, yoyo, rope, rose, hose, nose, coat
short u – sun, duck, bug, rug, umbrella, mug, nuts, up, drum
long u – rulers, tube, flute, mule, cubes, unicorn, unicycle, uniform, ukulele
Word Cards Used in this Activity:
short a – sat, ran, brag, man, pack, has, pass, nap
long a – make, snake, rain, gave, lake, ate, wait, trail
short e – set, red, neck, vet, pen, met, jet, spell
long e – meat, green, feed, eat, sea, seat, week, teeth
short i – big, lips, quit, wig, hit, hid, rib, lid
long i – ride, bite, like, time, lion, five, wide, drive
short o – cot, rock, hop, stop, dot, rod, got, box
long o – rode, smoke, toe, toad, robe, bone, note, home
short u – fun, but, luck, mutt, cup, must, tug, full
long u – huge, fuse, suit, tune, due, Sue, June, use
Suggestions for Use:
Students place the headings on their desk or a table and place the corresponding picture or
Make it into a folder activity by gluing the headings inside a folder and putting the picture/word cards in a pocket. You may glue the product cover on the front of the folder for easy identification.
Put magnetic tape on the back of all the pieces and have the child complete the activity on the side of a filing cabinet.
Place the headings in the top row of a pocket chart and students will place the corresponding picture or word card below the heading.
Note on Background Colors:
Each vowel has a different colored striped frame. This was done to keep individual vowel word sorts organized. If you want to include more than one vowel in your sort use the cards that do not have the colored striped frame. I have included all the cards with a white frame.