Vowel sounds can be long or short. Long vowels can be made with a single letter or a digraph (two letters making one sound). The sound of a in apple is a short vowel sound. The sound of ai in rain is a long vowel sound.
Download our Vowel sounds chart below.
Print out the vowel chart or display it on a screen. Read each word aloud and repeat the vowel sound in each word several times together.
Common Core Alignment:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
The sound of a in apple is a short vowel sound.
The sound of ai in rain is a long vowel sound.