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Long Vowel Simple Sight Words

Long Vowel Simple Sight Word Lesson: ( Free worksheets.)

Do a lesson for each long vowel sound.

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  • Make cards for the words  me, we, he, she.
  • Copy the long vowel worksheets. Worksheet for long vowel E words Worksheet for long vowel I words Worksheet for ay long vowel words (You may want to do another lesson on AY words. may, say, day and a lesson for I words. I, hi, sky, fly, why)
  • Locate  the book: He Bear, She Bear by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Lesson:  Rule:  Vowels not followed by a consonant and end a syllable, especially the first syllable, are usually long.  

  • Discuss the rule.
  • Read together all the word cards.
  • Read the story He Bear, She Bear by Stan and Jan Berenstain.


  • Do the worksheet together. Write the letter to finish the word and review the sound, combine the consonant with the long vowel and sound out the word, then draw a picture  of each word.
  • Repeat with each word.
  •  Have the children read the words to as many people as possible for their homework.


  • On the back of the worksheet have them write some other long vowel E words and draw pictures for each.  ( tree, bee, free, see, )
  • Put this sentence on the back of the worksheet.  ( See the bee in the tree.)   Have the children draw the picture for this sentence.
  • Make a simple book where they draw the pictures with these words,  He sees  _____.  She sees_____.  We see _____. I see  ______.

Word family -EN

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 Lesson for –EN Words  

 Objective:  Help children make the connection between letter, sounds and reading by using the word family –EN.  (This lesson can be adapted to use for other word families. rhyming words -ig rhyming words -op rhyming words -uck)   


  •  Copy –en worksheet for each child. rhyming words -en
  •  Use word family flannel letters or magnet letters.
  •  Phonics By Spelling music
  •  Suggested book: Jen the hen by Sue Graves


  •  Play Phonics songs starting with Evan’s Door (Short vowel E). Do most of the consonants to Z and skip the vowels. 
  •  Read Jen the Hen, or an other rhyming -EN book. 
  •  Read the Riddles for –EN to the children.
    •  More than one man is called ___. Men
    •  The number after nine is ___. Ten
    •  You can write with a ____. Pen
    •  This animal has baby chicks. Hen
    •  A home for a bear is a ___. Den
  •  Use Magnet letters or flannel board letters to make the word family words for –EN.  Let each children pick a consonant and see if it makes a word.

 Activity: -EN worksheet

  •  Cut the pictures from the bottom of the worksheet for EN words.  Give the children scissors and the pictures to cut on the broken lines. 
  • Then trade scissors with glue sticks and the worksheet with the words.  Help the children read the first word and talk about the picture.  Help the children read the next word and find the picture to match then glue on the picture. 
  • Invite the children to read the rest and find the picture to match.  Say you will help them sound out the words if they need it. 
  • Then give them colored pencils to write their names and color any pictures. 
  • This activity can be extended by having them write on the back a sentence or words such as: “Ben has ten hens in a pen.”, “Ten hens” or “then”.   

Review Consonant Letter Sounds

SoundCards180x150       Review Letter Sounds

Objective:  Children will recognize the Consonant Capital and Lowercase (small) letters and their sounds.  (This lesson can be taught 4 times; once for each group of letter consonant sounds.   bhlft, prmnk, cdsgj, qvwyz)



  • Play the songs for each of the sounds to be reviewed.  
  • Give each child one or more Sound Cards (spellings for each sound) including the sounds to be reviewed.  Say a sound then have the children give you the sound card that goes with each sound. 
  • Use magnet letters or cards with capital and small letters to match the capitals with their small letter.  Talk about if they look more alike or if they look different.
  • Make words by writing or using magnet letters.  You pick a vowel and a consonant to be reviewed.  Let children pick another consonant and see if you can make a word or just make some fun sounds.  Or you can have a child pick a vowel and another child pick a consonant then you pick another consonant that makes a word.   Sound out the words together.  


  • Show the children the worksheet.  Have them help decide which capital letters go with which small letters.
  • Give a worksheet to each child.  Have them match the letters and write their name.
  • Say what each picture is and ask what letter sound it starts with.  Review how to make the letter on your sample worksheet, and then have each child write the letter on their worksheet.   Continue until finished.
  • All worksheets need to be done with a teacher and they need to be done right.  Never use a worksheet to test the children.  Use them as a learning experience.  They are a great hands-on continuation of the lesson.
  • It is fun to have them write a simple word on the back and draw a picture, such as sad.

Lesson Tips for the “AR” Sound.

      “AR” Sound      AR

Objective:  To help children recognize the sound of “AR” in words.


  • Prepare to Sing some of the songs from the Phonics By Spelling books with CD music or the DVD.  Select the AR sound as one of the songs you will sing.   These have all the sounds not just the alphabet.
  • Print a list of words with the AR sound. (jar, star, far, bar, tar, barn, yarn, arm, farm)
  • Have paper, paint, and toy cars ready for Car Art.
  • Write words or collect pictures for a rhyming game.  (examples: car, star, bear– barn, dark, yarn– arm, shark, farm– art, sharp, harp)
  • Have a paper or worksheet for writing simple “AR” words.  (Our website has simple reproducible worksheets for the r-controlled sounds, the other vowel sounds and the digraph sounds.)
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    AR words worksheet

    ounds-12.htm   This is a sample of what we have for each of the other sounds.   reader barb      worksheet barn dot to dot      


  • Sing some of the songs from the Phonics By Spelling books with CD music or the DVD. 
  • Discuss how the “AR” sound says “R”.
  • Read together some AR words from the list prepared.  
  • Say three words or show three pictures and have the children tell which two words rhyme.


Car Art:

  • Write or have the children write, “Car Art” on heavy paper with permanent markers.
  • Put one color paint and a car on one plate and put another color and a car on another plate.
  • Drive the car in the paint, then draw on the “Car Art” paper with  each car.

Write “AR” words: (We have a worksheet in the preparations for this activity.)

  • Have the children write some simple AR words.  (car, star, arm)
  • Draw pictures to go with each word.

Barn Worksheet:

  • Do the barn dot to dot and draw more farm animals on the worksheet from the preparations.

Barb reader:

  • Read and finish the Barb reader from the preparations.



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Worksheets have received a bad name in recent years.  Many people think of them as just busy work.  Worksheets have been over used in the past, but as an evaluation and hands on learning tool worksheets are very valuable.

Here are some questions to ask if a workbook or worksheet is worth using:

  • Can this worksheet evaluate a child’s knowledge of a concept?
  • Can this worksheet help a child practice a concept just taught?
  • Can this worksheet help a child learn a new concept?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then enjoy the use of worksheets.

Here are some tips for successful worksheet use:

  • The teacher needs to be a part of doing worksheets, so any mistakes can be fixed on the spot and all worksheets are finished correctly.
  • Be careful to never use too many worksheets in one lesson.
  • Many workbooks can be cut apart and put in sheet protectors into a binder, then the pages can be done with washable markers.

As a teacher, I find worksheets a valuable tool that children love doing. We have fun reproducible worksheets for some phonetic sounds to purchase on our website.

Check out our free worksheets in these blog entries titled: Review Consonant Letter Sounds, and Long Vowel Simple Sight Words .

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