Short Vowels

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Words that have a Consonant Vowel Consonant pattern (CVC words) often have the short vowel sound.

Note that the letter A can make a short O sound sometimes. (ball, watch, quality)

short vowels say the sound

WATCH Long & Short Vowels from Scratch Garden (1:55), Short Vowels from Red Apple Reading (3:01), Kids vs Phonics Short Vowels (4:47) Short E & I Sounds from allaboutlearningpress (2:49)

Short and Long Vowel Chart from the Daily Planit.

CVC Words from can be used to sort by vowel sound

CVC Flashcards from flashcardfox – 75 cards with color pictures & words

Short Vowel Words & Pictures from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Short & Long Pictures & Words (pdf – source unknown)

Short I & E picture sort from tchrgrl

CVC Word Machine from


CVC Word Roller – free from the Daily PlanIt at Teachers Pay Teachers

READ short vowel sentences from, Beginner Books from Progressive Phonics

READ Books: “Gran on a Fan” by Kevin Bolger, “The Bug in the Jug Wants a Hug” by Brian P Cleary

PLAY Printable: 123 Flip It game from thisreadingmama

Please note that many online games require Flash and may not work well on some tablets and smartphones. It can be helpful to download the Puffin browser.

PLAY Online Games: Jungle Jumble from, Sliding Beaver from literactive, CVC words at, CVC words at, construct a word & puzzlemewords at, Word path from learninggamesforkids, & put it on the shelf at Hanging Monkeys from literactive, & CVC maker at crickweb. Cloudy Day, Vowel Popper and Vowel Ace at (choose short vowels)


ABCgamesActive, Board, and Card games at the ABCs of Games For Reading.

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