Short or Long vowel: a
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.
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Each image is of a word with either a short a sound or a long a sound. Match the word to the correct image and write if it is a short or long vowel word. Repeat each word and isolate the vowel sound. Does it have a short or long vowel sound? How do you know? 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.
Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.
short and long a Examples
Short a sound: apple, avocado
Long a sound: able, apron.
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