Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Vowel Sounds

We all know learning to read and write is tricky for young learners.

Learning vowel sounds is also super tricky for our students. 

I noticed that when I was listening to students read that they didn't always know or weren't able to recall the letter-sound relationships and specifically what sounds that vowels can make.  

Vowel sounds: letter combinations and the sounds that vowels make.

By second grade, these become particularly vital as students are expected to be reading independently. It is vital that a strong foundation of vowel and letter-combinations is laid. 

We know that reading skills inform writing skills, so one inherently affects the other. 

Reading informs writing a closer look at vowel sounds and letter combinations

If students aren't able to make the connection between the sounds that particular letters make, then students' writing potential will not be realized. They will also have gaps in their learning which can be difficult to resolve down the track.  I find that the vowel phonemes are trickiest and often students need a concrete source to refer to. 

Vowel sounds


I created these posters and other helpers to aid the acquisition of both reading and writing. I believe it is vital to have a go-to source for the sounds that vowels make and their tricky letter combinations.  What do you think? 

The a, e, i, o, u charts

This image above was taken from @learningtothecore (on Instagram) who posted about how the posters have helped her students with learning vowel combinations. 


The a, e, i, o, u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

When children are writing, they may be able to hear that there is an long a sound in a word.  However, they may not know if they spell it with an :ai, eigh, ei, ay, a-e or even ea (like steak).  

Having these posters on hand makes this process so much easier for the students whilst building knowledge, skills and self-esteem. 

The a, e, i, o, u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

Ready to go strips for your writing sessions.
The a, e, i, o, u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

The a, e, i, o, u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

Having an overview for all letter-combinations is useful for both the teacher and students! It sure does save time having it right there in front of you! 

Vowel combinations make different sounds


Vowel combinations make different sounds. Help students with this easy desk chart and posters.


The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

Display sounds under vowel headings: a, e, i, o and u. 

Long vowels and short vowel posters, charts, cards and desk strips.

Long vowels and short vowel posters, charts, cards and desk strips.

Long vowels and short vowel posters, charts, cards and desk strips.

Representing letter combinations in clusters under vowel headings will help children find the right spelling. 

Long vowels and short vowel posters, charts, cards and desk strips.

Students may need to have the charts as a desk chart/strip, as a ready to go reference.

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

Vowel sounds

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers


All posters come in black and white for quick printing.  


The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers


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The a e i o u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

You might also like our:

My Garden of Spelling Strategies


Spelling Rules and Spelling Strategies COMBO Bundle Polka Dot Theme


Here are some more ideas for word work, spelling and reading I have collected on our Pinterest boards. Click the images to go to the Pinterest boards. 

Word work/spelling

Reading Pinterest board





3 comments:

  1. WOW!!! This is a great product. I saw it on Pinterest. It is now on my TPT wish list It must have taken some time to create. Thank you for your hard work !!!

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  2. I love this product. I have downloaded it and cant wait to use the posters with my first graders and my dyslexic students. However, I did find a mistake on one of the posters. It was on page 15. You had short o like oval and ocean. It was only one of the posters so you may want to check that and change it if possible. It really is a very useful resource!

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