Thursday, February 27, 2014

Long Vowel Sort and Write-Teams

Long Vowel Sort and Write Teams
by Learning is the Game™

This activity is more than just a long vowel sound sorting activity.  For starters, it gives your students a valuable hands on activity that is engaging and fun.  Since your students are actually creating something, they will have a visually pleasing graphic organizer that both of you can refer back to as the year goes on.  This activity also includes a writing element.  Once students have correctly sorted the words according to their long vowel sounds, they will write sentences using those words.

Here is how I use this activity, but of course you should use it whatever way works best for you.
             Print pages 3-5 for each student.  Be sure to print them double sided!
Step 1-Intro   
             Introduce/review the long vowel sounds in a way that fits your teaching style.  It is a good idea to also review the words the students will be sorting since they will need to use some of them in their writing.
Step 2– Color
Each vowel sound is assigned a color.  Color the tabs and boxes with the vowels and long vowel symbols.  Then, color the words in the boxes (page 5) with the corresponding color.  Example: If the boxes with the A a and ā were colored blue, the box with the word made and other long a words should also be colored blue. 
*I like to have my students color the words because I can quickly check to make sure they are identifying the words correctly before they start cutting and gluing.  I also suggest doing all of the coloring before any cutting because it is easier/cleaner when done first.

Step 3-Fold and cut
Look at the side with the dotted line.  Fold on the dotted line, and cut on the solid lines. 
Step 4-Cut and glue
Cut out the words, and glue them in the boxes next to the matching long vowel sound
Step 5– Write
On each line provided write a complete sentence using the long vowel words in that box.  Circle the words you used with the corresponding color.

This is a fun activity that can be used with any students just learning about long vowel sounds, especially K-2nd graders.  I have even used this with my upper elementary English language learners with great success. 

I know my students and I have enjoyed it, and I hope you and your students do too!

Common Core State Standards practiced. 

*CCSS are printed on the back of the foldable.

Click here for a FREE preview.  It has some directions and suggestions on how to use this activity in your class.

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