These hands-on centers are perfect to have students sort short vowel sounds a, e, i, o, and u. I created these centers because I felt the Grab-and-Go! Center by Journeys Common Core for Grade 3 Unit 1; Lesson 1 was boring!!!!! I turned worksheets 11, 14, and 17 into a hands-on-center. I recommend you create 2 sets in case you have the children work in groups of 2 at a center.
This is a WORD DOCUMENT.
-Cut out the cards and place them inside a Ziploc bag. Create 2 sets:
-Have students follow the direction on the Phonics Mat. Make sure both partners check to make sure the words were placed in the correct box. Then, allow them to check the answer key.
-Copy the Phonics Mat on Cardstock and laminate.
-Print the sheets with the words titled, Short Vowels a, e, i, o, and u Unit 1; Lesson 1 Card 1. DO NOT CUT OUT THE WORDS. Either laminate or place in a protective sheet.
-Hand each student an EXPO marker and have them circle all the words with the short vowel sound on CARD 1 and CARD 2. Then, have students check the answer key. You can also use Cards 1 and 2 to quickly determine which students cannot hear the difference between a short and long vowel since the cards include both short and long sounds a,e,i,o,and u.