CVC words with ‘a’ and ‘e’ can be very confusing for kids. Most kids in my class find it difficult to differentiate between ‘a and e vowel sound words.’ Being able to discriminate between vowels is important and I have created these short vowel word families worksheets to help discriminate between a and e vowel sound words.
The first worksheet is a picture sort between ‘at’ and ‘et’ words. Cut the picture tiles. Read the words and highlight the at and et sound like in the sheet above and stick the pictures in the correct box.
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Next is picture sort between ‘ad’ and ‘ed’ family. A child should be able to clearly tell the difference between the two sounds. It’s important especially for spelling activities that the child understands the difference.
These ‘free printable worksheets for kindergarten’ can be confusing for our little reader. But they will help them understand the difference. When trying to teach vowel discrimination, I make the child write the words since that’s where I actually get to know if the child has understood the difference. The child can write on the board or in the air.
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The next of the short vowel word families worksheets is the ag and eg picture sort.
The last worksheet from the pack is the -ack -eck word family.
When discriminating between vowels, I make pairs for writing practice. In these pairs, the beginning and ending sounds are the same. The only difference is the middle sound. The child has to decide if it’s ‘e’ or ‘a.’
bed and bad
ham and hem
pan and pen
beg and bag
mat and met
pat and pet
sat and set
bat and bet
fad and fed
lad and led
mad and med
pad and ped
tad and Ted
lag and leg
tan and ten
pap and pep
rap and rep
yap and yep
Feel free to use nonsense words since I have noticed that our little learners mug up the spellings. Do not shy away from making your own pairs like rad and red, jap and jep etc. But do let the kids know that these are nonsense words.
I hope your little learner enjoys this activity.
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