Introducing Long Vowels

long vowels

How do you introduce long vowels to a beginner? Watch as I teach a 1st grader how to read the long a sound with a streamlined activity, Sort It. ALSO, notice how last week’s activities with Sort It have helped her learn the long e sound. With this activity, you can cover most of phonics instruction….in just 12 weeks!

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  1. Hi, what happens with the word wind (air blowing) or wind (wind up the clock) do you introduce both or does it create confusion?

    • Thanks for the interesting question Dora! By the time we get to the /i_e/ sound (i.e., long “i”), the students are getting good with the Flex It strategy. That decoding strategy has them try one sound in a word to see if it makes sense. In the case of the spelling “wind,” the student could determine which pronunciation of the word fits the context of the sentence.

      If one sound doesn’t make sense, then the student tries another sound. Thus, meaning-making and decoding strategies are integrated and provide quick success.

      Students are able to do this fast processing with Flex It because we’ve developed their phonemic manipulation with the activity Switch It, which you can read about and watch in action via the link.

      So, we wouldn’t necessarily avoid the word. Confusion that can be quickly explained helps move the developing reader forward because she gains better and better strategy and skill. Hope this helps!