The first step to mastering the vowel sounds is to understand the difference between both short and long vowels. Long vowels are the easiest of the two for students to learn because they have the same sound as their name. For example, the long o sounds like the o in the word ocean, and the long a sounds like the a in the word acorn.
Short vowels tend to be more challenging for students to understand because they sound very similar to one another. For example, the short i in the word big sounds very similar to the short e in the word beg, and the short o in the word cop sounds similar to the short u in the word cup. Children need to be able to recognize and produce these sounds before they are able to learn the rules for reading and spelling them.
For older kids, short vowels are often written in a pronunciation dictionary as having a curved symbol above them ă, ĕ, ĭ, ŏ, ŭ. Here are a few examples of a short vowel: bun, bop, bed, bin, bat.
Long vowels have a straight line above them ā, ē, ī, ō, ū. Here are a few examples of a long vowel: face, even, lie, toe, use.
This set of materials contains two sets of cards with each set containing 8 combinations of short and long vowel words for a total of 16 sets. Using real pictures each item is clearly identified so children can begin seeing the difference between short and long vowel words: can/cane, mat/mate, tub/tube and more. Total of 64 cards.
Printed on thick plastic, cut and all corners rounded.
|Part Card||3¾ x 4 in.||9.5 x 10.2 cm.|
|Label Card||3¾ x 1 in||9.5 x 2.5 cm.|