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Sort it Out
Sort Words by Short and Long Vowels

Prerequisite Skill

None Assigned

Materials and Preparation

  • Guided Practice Worksheet: "Sort Words by Short and Long Vowels" 

  • Independent Practice Worksheet: "Sort Words by Short and Long Vowels"

Learning Objectives

Guided Practice Worksheet: "Sort Words by Short and Long Vowels"
Independent Practice Worksheet: "Sort Words by Short and Long Vowels"

Introduction (5 minutes)

Initiate the lesson by instructing students to listen to each word and then sort the words based on their vowel sounds. Emphasize the key idea that vowels can be short or long. Clarify that a long vowel says its name, while a short vowel does not.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (10 minutes)

Present examples of short and long vowel pairs (e.g., cap vs. cape for short and long "a"). Showcase words with short and long vowel sounds for each vowel (a, e, i, o, u). Explain that in words with long vowels, the vowel says its name, while in words with short vowels, the vowel sound is short. Solve an example together: "In this word, the vowel 'u' does not say its name. This word has a short 'u' sound cub. In this word, the vowel 'u' says its name. This word has a long 'u' sound  clue."

Guided Practice (5 minutes)

Distribute the Guided Practice Worksheet: "Sort Words by Short and Long Vowels." In pairs or groups, students will circle the words with short vowels and underline the words with long vowels. Provide guidance and support as needed.

Independent Practice (10 minutes)

Distribute the Independent Practice Worksheet: "Sort Words by Short and Long Vowels." Students will work individually, matching words to their corresponding pictures based on short and long vowel sounds. Monitor for misconceptions and provide intervention as necessary.

Differentiation

Support

Conclude the lesson by having students complete a set of words on an exit ticket to assess their ability to sort short and long vowels.

Extension

Challenge advanced students by introducing multisyllabic words and encouraging them to identify and sort vowels in longer words.

Assessment (5 minutes)

Evaluate student understanding through their participation in guided and independent practice, completion of worksheets, and performance on the exit ticket.

Review and closing (5 minutes)

Summarize the lesson by emphasizing the skill of sorting words by short and long vowels and its importance in developing phonics and word recognition.

Misconceptions

Be aware that students may confuse short and long vowel sounds. Reinforce the concept that in long vowels, the vowel says its name.

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