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Short 'a' Safari
Find Short a Words

Prerequisite Skill

None Assigned

Materials and Preparation

  • Guided Practice Worksheet 

  • Independent Practice Worksheet

Learning Objectives

Identify and differentiate words with the short 'a' sound.

Introduction (5 minutes)

Learn with an example question: Listen to each word. Read the words "hat" and "hot." Show pictures of a hat and a hot pot. Which word has the short 'a' sound? hat Key Idea: When a vowel comes before a consonant, it usually makes a short sound. The letter 'a' makes a short 'a' sound (/?/) in words like cat or bat.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (10 minutes)

Discuss the key idea. Illustrate other examples of short 'a' words. Emphasize the short 'a' sound in each example.

Guided Practice (5 minutes)

Students circle short 'a' words in the guided practice worksheet. Guided practice may be done in student pairs or groups.

Independent Practice (10 minutes)

Students match words to pictures in the independent practice worksheet.



Provide additional support by reinforcing the short 'a' sound with more examples.


Engage students in reading short 'a' words within simple sentences.

Assessment (5 minutes)

Evaluate students' understanding through independent practice and class engagement.

Review and closing (5 minutes)

Summarize the importance of recognizing short 'a' sounds in words.


Clarify common misunderstandings about short 'a' sounds.

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