Long and Short Vowels Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: RF.2.3.A
Those five little letters (vowels) have a tremendous impact on the entire English language. Vowels help us forms sounds that just naturally roll off our tongue, quite literally. Depending on where the vowel appears in a word and the consonant pairs around it solely determine if a vowel makes a long or short sound. For more detail on this, look just below the worksheets for a complete explanation. These worksheets will help students understand the difference between vowel sounds in sentences and help them use the vowels in words more effectively.
Long and Short Vowels Worksheets:
Go For Os - Look for the long "O" sound, but if you hear the short sound, color it up. Either way, circle the correct form.
Looking For Long Necks - We are working with various (a) sounds here. You will circle dinosaurs based on their neck size.
What To Wear? - I started running out of analogies here. This one is short pants (shorts) versus long pants (jeans).
At the Groomers! - We put that analogy into the confines of dogs. This time focus on the snout of the pups.
Polar Bears - In here
we are just evaluating the underlined word. Make sure that students realize this because at this level, they do not always read or follow the directions.
Cat! - Time to focus on the (i) sound. You will label the sound that is given off by each word.
- We look at all the words for long vowel sounds. Color the footballs that contain those tones.
In the Library
- See if you like the library stacks on this one. You will write the correct term within each volume of the text.
Style - More use of the hair styles. Hair length comes into play here. It is either a shaggy or crew cut.
- We are only looking for long vowels here. I would suggest that you crossout terms that do not match the tone you are looking for.
- I always loved these little puzzles, as a kid. Help Wilma find a short cut to the bridge.
Build a Nest
- Look at the vowel sounds and sort each word into the proper column. Make sure to re-write, do not just draw a line.
- More sorting of sounds here. You can also use this as a cut and paste activity. That is why there are rounded corners.
Short Vowels - Read each word. Does it have a long vowel sound
or a short vowel sound? Write long or short on the line.
Word That Start
With "B" - We transition to a column checking situation. Mark the correct column for each of the terms. You will need to say the words aloud.
What Is the Difference Between Long and Short Vowels?
Long Vowel Sounds
It is essential that you teach long vowel sounds to your little ones. It will help them develop reading, writing, and speaking skills. Long vowel sounds should be taught first because they are easier to understand. Long vowel sounds are the sounds that are produced due to a vowel in a word. The sound produced is exactly like the vowel. It does not differ from the pronunciation of the vowel itself. Whenever you see a vowel in a word and it is pronounced similar to the sound of that vowel, then it is a long vowel sound.
Here are the examples of the long vowel sounds.
The long A
- Do you believe in fate?
- She ate all the apples
- Is Kate coming with you?
The Long E
- Erase all the errors from your essay.
- You should consume wheat more.
- The fire heated the room.
The Long I
- We will catch up at night.
- They should not fight.
- The bird flies so high.
The Long O
- It will snow soon.
- I want to borrow your red dress for a day.
- Please, can you close the window?
The Long U
- I love eating cashews.
- She got plenty of coupons from the competition.
- I think she has the flu.
Short Vowel Sounds
Short vowel sounds do not follow the sounds of vowels. They make sounds different from the actual letters.
The Short A
- She had a bad experience at the mall.
- Let us plan the trip.
- I love your blue hat.
The Short E
- Her legs were broken.
- Give me back my pen.
- Squeeze some lemons in the juice.
The Short I
- This pen needs ink.
- They saw a pig in the way.
- Her wedding ring was beautiful.
The Short O
- The frog was jumping high.
- Her dog is aggressive.
- Dolphins love to play with humans.
The Short U
- She was playing in the mud.
- There was a small hut.
- The sun was shining bright.