Long Vowel Sounds Activities

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What are Long Vowel Sounds?

Long vowel sounds are vowels that are pronounced the same as their name. You’ll often hear teachers say that long vowels “say their name”.

Learning long vowels can be tricky for learners because there are so many spellings for each long vowel sound. 

Long Vowel sounds can be made in 4 different ways, here’s where you will find the Long A sound:

  1. Vowels at the end of a syllable – e.g. baby, hero, music
  2. Silent e makes the previous vowel long – e.g. bike, boat, phone
  3. Vowel teams, 2 vowels work together to make one sound – boat, meat, they, feed, few, pie
  4. I or O can make a long sound when they are before 2 consonants – cold, mind, kind, old, light

So What Are Long The Vowel Families?

Long vowels are those where the sounds of the letters A, E, I, O, U match the spoken name of the letter. They are taught after short vowel sounds because long vowels have many spelling & sounds for the same vowel.

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