Sort the short and long vowel words

Phonemes, Graphemes, Phonemic Awareness, Early Reading, Letters and Sounds, ELA K-2, ELA 1st Grade, ELA 2nd Grade, Handwriting Practice



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Vowels can make short and long sounds. Vowels usually make a short sound when they appear directly before a consonant, but there are some exceptions to this rule. Long vowels sound like the name of the letter, like the ee in feet or the o in go.

Download our Sort the short and long vowel words phonics worksheet below.

Sort the words into two groups: short vowel sounds and long vowel sounds. Repeat each word and isolate the vowel sound. This activity has also been designed for handwriting practice.

Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.A Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.


The letter i makes a short vowel sound in igloo.

The letter i makes a long vowel sound in ice.


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Phonics is the method that helps children build systematic connections between letters and sounds. Phonics has a better impact on children’s reading ability than any other type of reading program. It has also been shown to improve spelling, particularly among Kindergarteners and First Graders.

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