Introduce and explore words containing the letter “y” making a vowel sound with this y vowel word list.
Is Y a Vowel? Or Is it a Consonant? Maybe It’s Both!
While the letter “y” is technically a consonant, it can sometimes function as a vowel. This list of 50 words containing the letter “y” acting as a vowel sound has been compiled to assist you in implementing your phonics program in your classroom. The letter “y” acts as a vowel in the following ways in the list words:
- as a long “e” sound (as in lady)
- as a short “i” sound (as in system)
- as a long “i” sound (as in shy)
Multiple Applications for List of Y as a Vowel Words
This literacy resource can be used in numerous ways to support the diverse needs of your learners. Here are some of our suggestions:
Project the word list on your interactive whiteboard. As a class, color-code the words according to the vowel sounds the letter “y” is making. Challenge the students to identify more words that contain the letter “y” acting as a vowel.
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.
Use the word list as a progress monitoring tool to keep track of your student’s phonemic awareness and to identify the variations of the letter “y” acting as a vowel that require further review.
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