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Word Study List - Long Vowels

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 2

Introduce and explore words containing graphemes that make long vowel sounds with this extensive list of words.

Many Long Vowel Sounds in One Comprehensive List  

Long vowel sounds in the English language can be represented by various graphemes (combinations of one or more letters). This list of 50 words containing long vowel sounds has been compiled to assist you in implementing your phonics program in your classroom. The long vowel sounds (and accompanying graphemes) in the list include the following:

  • Long sound a  words (a_e, ai, ay)
  • Long vowel e words (ee, e, ea,
  • Long sound e words (i_e, ie, y)
  • Long vowel o words(o_e, oa, ow, oe)
  • Long u sound words (u_e, ue, ew, oe).

Multiple Applications for This Long Vowels Word List 

This literacy resource can be used in numerous ways to support the diverse needs of your learners. Here are some of our suggestions:

Whole-class instruction

Project the word list on your interactive whiteboard. As a class, color-code the words according to the long vowel sounds. Challenge the students to identify more words that contain each long vowel sound.

Individual practice

Send the lists home so your students can revise decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) the words on the list. Be sure to include only words containing letter-sound correspondences you have already addressed in class.

Formative assessment

Use the word list as a progress monitoring tool to keep track of your student’s phonemic awareness and to identify the long vowel sounds (and accompanying graphemes) that require further review.

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