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Sort the short and long vowel words

Sort the short and long vowel words


Vowels can make short and long sounds. Vowels usually make a short sound when they appear directly before a consonant, but there are some exceptions to this rule. Long vowels sound like the name of the letter, like the ee in feet or the o in go.

Download our Sort the short and long vowel words phonics worksheet below.

Sort the words into two groups: short vowel sounds and long vowel sounds. Repeat each word and isolate the vowel sound. This activity has also been designed for handwriting practice.


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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.A Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.


The letter i makes a short vowel sound in igloo.The letter i makes a long vowel sound in ice.



Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!