Sort It Out: Vowels


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Sort It Out: Vowels is a game in which students sort the words with long, short or pesky vowels into their correct categories by dragging them there.

Try Sort It Out: Vowels

with a sample word list!

Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.

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Building Literacy

  • Foundational Skills
  • Spelling
  • Phonics
  • Fluency

What? Phonics is a foundational skill that must be developed in order to learn to read. More...Less

As students become more proficient with phonological awareness, they are ready to start decoding words. Many students have difficulties using vowels appropriately.

When? As early as Kindergarten, students learn that each letter has a name and a sound that it makes. More...Less

Once they know that there are individual phonemes (sounds), they learn that there are graphemes (symbols) that correspond to them. They are then ready to decode individual sounds to read words.

How to teach: Sort It Out: Vowels can be used in a whole group setting to review words that contain either a short, long or pesky vowel sound. More...Less

The activity can be projected onto a whiteboard for an engaging interactive review game. Teachers can also assign Sort It Out: Vowels for independent practice during literacy centers or for homework.

Play to learn: Sort It Out: Vowels is presented as a sort with three columns, labeled Short, Long and Pesky Vowels. More...Less

Students are instructed to drag the word to the correct column. Immediate feedback is provided. If the answer is incorrect, students are encouraged to keep trying until they get the answer right.

Teaching Tip: Teachers can use Sort It Out: Vowels to distinguish between the short, long and pesky vowels in words. It is fun to play with the whole class.

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