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Are you ready to ring in the New Year with some fun literacy centers? This free long and short vowel sort is perfect for your little readers. This freebie comes with a sort for all 5 vowels (a,e,i,o and u).
*Pair this with our New Year’s Writing Center Activities!
New Year’s Long and Short Vowel Sort
The prep is nice and simple. Just print, and cut your cards apart. If you plan to use them year after year then I recommend printing on card stock and laminating for added durability.
Storage tip: I like to store each vowel set in its own gallon baggie so that they are ready to use without sorting through all of the cards.
How to Play
Before splitting them into small groups, I love to do a whole group example so that everyone understands the expectations and goals for the centers.
I start by hanging up the “Long A” and “Short A” sorting signs.
Then I have a student come up and choose a word card. We read it out loud and as a class decide if it has the long or short “A” sound. Then we place it under the correct sign.
I continue to bring up helpers until I feel like everyone is ready to try it independently.
Next, I split my class into 5 small groups and give each group a vowel set to sort.
As they are sorting I walk around to check for understanding and offer help when needed.
After the group has successfully sorted all of the cards I have them raise their hands to indicate that it is time for me to come check their answers.
Once I have quickly checked each group’s answers I have them rotate to the next vowel.
By the end of the rotations they will have sorted all 5 vowels.
Other ways to use this sort:
-For reading intervention
-With parent volunteers
-As a guided reading warm up
-As an early finisher option
Grab Your FREE Copy
Are you ready to practice long and short vowel sounds? Get this free New Year’s Long and Short Vowel Sort by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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