Second Grade Nest: 6 Ways to Make Vowels Fun

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

6 Ways to Make Vowels Fun

Using Pinterest and some of the things that I've used in the classroom, here is a short and fun list of ways to teach vowels in the classroom! 

Make Them Work as a Team

(Source: Fun in First)
Jodi's blog post about a quick and easy 5 minute game is great for teaching the medial sound. Put a post-it on a kiddo's back. Then the other students have to give words that have the medial sound in it. The student with the post-it on their back have to guess the vowel that they have. They can do long or short vowel versions!

Make It Fun
This game involves play with learning. Student 1 hides the marble under one of the cups. Student 2 must guess which cup it is under after given clues about which cup it is hidden under. Student 1 could give the sound it makes OR words that it has the medial sound. 
This would also be fun to differentiated between short and long vowels, such as having a short a cup and a long a cup. 

Make It Interactive

(Source: Phonics Post)
My students went nuts over their phonics interactive notebooks. After they got the hang of how to do each page, I would put it in a daily center and they would take their interactive binders to that center with them and complete the page for the day on their own. 

Make It Techy
When I taught K, I had the "More Starfall" paid version of the site. We followed the Starfall curriculum, which was absolutely amazing. This portion of the site, though, is FREE! There are two interactive games for each vowel sound, then a short reader for each vowel sound. 

Make Them Apply It
These differentiated leveled readers are great for students to apply the vowel sounds within words. There are three levels of reading for each vowel sound.
Each book also comes with differentiated comprehension questions AND a word list that asks students to find all the vowel words from their story, then come up with a list of their own words. 

Make Them Sing It
These FREE songs and poems are available for you to teach your kiddos how to sing about their vowels. Making it into a chant, poem, or song always solidifies a student's learning. 

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