Shortly after students master the letters and sounds of the alphabet we teach that several letters actually make two sounds. The vowels (a, e, i, o and u) can make a short sound, as the sound /a/ in the word “cat”, or a long sound as in the word “train”. Before teaching the spelling patterns of the long vowels it is important that our young readers and writers hear the differences between the long and short vowels. Sorting activities are perfect for teaching this skill.
My fabulous artist, Kyle, created these adorable puppies to emphasize the concept of short and long vowels. When you download this file you will receive the puppies along with 90 colorful picture cards for sorting. This activity is great for either small group instruction or as an activity for centers. They fit perfectly on pocket charts too!
If you like this activity you may want to check out our Long and Short Vowel Sound Bundle. This bundle contains 8 doggone fun activities for supporting discriminating between the long and short vowel sounds. These activities are a perfect follow up to the sorting activity and several have self-checking features which make them ideal for independent centers!