Long vowels are used to refer to the vowel sounds whose pronunciation is the same as its letter name Spelling words with long vowels can be confusing for children. In this post, I will be sharing worksheets to understand the spellings for long vowels.
Long vowel sound a – ‘ai’ and ‘ay’ make the alphabet sound ‘a.’ This worksheet will give children spelling practice for these confusing long vowel sounds. When the last sound of a one-syllable word is the ‘alphabet sound a,’ we write ‘ay.’
I have a free detailed set of ‘ai’ and ‘ay’ sounds. You can find it in my blog post by clicking here.
I have designed a long vowel pack to read long vowel sentences. You can download it by clicking on the image above.
Long vowel e – ‘ee’ and ‘ea’ make the alphabet sound ‘e.’ Unfortunately, there is no rule to know whether a word with ‘long vowel sound e’ should have ‘ea’ or ‘ee.’ Children need to read and practice writing words with long vowels frequently to get it right. For long vowel writing practice worksheets, check this worksheet Pack.
Long vowel i – ‘ie’ and ‘igh’ make the alphabet sound ‘i.’ There are a limited number of words with the ‘ie’ and ‘igh’ sound. The long vowel for ‘i’ is mostly found in the ‘magic e’ words.
Long vowel o – ‘oa’ and ‘ow’ make the alphabet sound ‘o.’ For the long vowel sound ‘o,’ ‘oa’ is written when the ‘o’ sound is at the beginning or middle of a word and ‘ow’ is usually (not always) written when the alphabet sound ‘o’ is heard at the end.
To read and practice oa ow sound in detail, check this post. It discusses long vowel ‘o’ in detail along with an anchor chart and 12 free worksheets.
Long vowel u – ‘ue’ and ‘ew’ make the alphabet sound ‘u.’
To understand long vowels in detail, please read this post from my blog. It discusses long vowels in-depth with free worksheets.
There are five worksheets in this pack, one for each long vowel. Identify the picture and circle the correct word.
For more free long vowel resources, check this space.