Why do some people think that learning about long vowels can be more challenging than other areas of language arts?
Name a word with a long vowel sound?
Long vowels sound like their name, such as the 'a' in 'cake' and the 'e' in 'me.' Long vowels can be made with two letters, like 'ea' in 'meat.' Long vowels are different than short vowels, like the 'a' in 'cat.'
Long Vowel Sounds
Vowel Digraphs are two letters that make one sound. Examples are ai, ee, oo, and oa. A Long Vowel is a vowel sound that is held longer than a short vowel. For example, the 'e' in 'bee' is a long vowel. When two vowels are together, the first vowel is usually long. For example, the 'a' in 'boat' is a long vowel.
The English language has 12 long vowels, while other languages like Japanese and Finnish have only 5. The word 'eagle' is the only word in the English language that has all five long vowels in a row. Some words in English contain two long vowels, such as 'beetle' and 'skiing'.
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What is a long vowel sound? Can you give me an example of a word that has a long vowel sound?
What are some examples of words with short and long vowel sounds? Can you give me an example of each?
Which words did you find most challenging when learning about long vowels?
What strategies did you use to help you remember how to pronounce words with long vowel sounds?
Brain break: Create a drawing of a monster that lives in a secret treehouse in your backyard! Include as many details as you can think of, such as the monster's size and shape, the treehouse's decorations, and any other creatures that live in the treehouse. Have fun and be creative!
Question: How can we spell the sound of a long vowel? Clues: • Think of a word with the same sound • Long vowels have a silent 'e' at the end • Look for 2 vowels together with no other letters between them In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Draw a picture of 3 long vowel words B. Write 3 long vowel words and have your partner guess the sound
Which word has a long 'a' sound?
Which word has a long 'e' sound?
Which word has a long 'i' sound?
Which word has a long 'o' sound?
Which word has a long 'u' sound?
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between the long and short sounds of the vowel "A"?