ALEX Lesson Plan


Long and Short Vowel Sounds

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Author:Lisa Garner Jolly
System: Huntsville City
School: McDonnell Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 13192


Long and Short Vowel Sounds


During this lesson, students will learn the different sounds vowels make. They will view a slideshow presentation that teaches them the different sounds. Once they have learned the sounds, students will create a document of pictures representing the different vowel sounds. Students will also navigate the Internet to practice identifying the different vowel sounds.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (K-2)
1. Identify basic parts of various technology systems.
  • Naming input and output devices
  • Examples: input—keyboard, stylus
    TC2 (K-2)
    2. Identify applications and operations of various technology systems.
    Examples: applications—word processing, multimedia presentation software
    operations—opening, closing, and saving files
  • Using accurate terminology related to technology
  • Example: "press," not "hit," keys
  • Using input devices to enter letters, numbers, and symbols
  • Using special functions of input devices
  • Example: keyboard shortcuts
  • Labeling storage media
  • Removing storage media safely
  • TC2 (K-2)
    3. Demonstrate correct posture and finger placement while using a technology system.
    TC2 (K-2)
    5. Practice responsible use of technology systems and applications.
    Example: maintaining proper settings
  • Demonstrating care of digital equipment and media
  • Examples: washing hands before use, cleaning work area before and after use
  • Distinguishing between ethical and unethical use of others' work
  • Examples: avoiding plagiarism, avoiding manipulation of others' work without permission
    TC2 (K-2)
    10. Design original works using digital tools.
    Examples: tools—digital drawing tools, music software, word processing software, digital cameras
    ELA2015 (1)
    21. Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes). [RF.1.2]
    a. Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words. [RF.1.2a]
    b. Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends. [RF.1.2b]
    c. Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words. [RF.1.2c]
    d. Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes). [RF.1.2d]

    Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will identify long and short vowel sounds. Students will demonstrate knowledge of long and short vowel sounds by choosing clip art with the correct vowel sounds.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

    Students will identify and pronounce each word in the sample slide show presentation to demonstrate knowledge of long and short vowel sounds.

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    Greater than 120 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:


    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computers with Internet access, multimedia software


    Beginning Computer skills, beginning Internet skills

    1.)Explain to students that vowels have two sounds. Share the slide show presentation to demonstrate the different long and short vowel sounds.

    2.)Allow students to identify and demonstrate an understanding of long and short vowel sounds (a,e,i,o,u) by taking a quiz that is included at the end of the presentation (repeat the presentation as needed).

    3.)Have students work on a word processing document to insert clip art that demonstrates the various vowel sounds (a,e,i,o,u): a) Help students open the document and save their work. b) Have students insert the picture above the vowel. c) Demonstrate this activity before allowing students to begin. d) Use the attachment called I know my vowels for this activity.

    4.)Once students have completed the clip art activity, have them print their pages and turn in to the teacher. Then allow them time to practice identifying vowel sounds on the Internet.

    5.)This website will allow students to practice all of the vowel sounds. Students must select the activity they want to reinforce once they enter the site.
    (I know that)
    This site has many activities for students to practice all of the vowel sounds.

    **Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download.

    Assessment Strategies

    The teacher will assess the students' projects for accuracy.


    Students may write a story using pictures that illustrate the long and short vowels sounds.


    The teacher will offer extra assistance to students as needed.

    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.