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Identifying Short Vowel Sounds Interactive PowerPoint

PDF, PowerPoint | 1 page|Grades: F - Reception

An interactive quiz to practise identifying short vowel sounds in words.

Use this interactive PowerPoint with students who are at the beginning of their journey as readers. This bright, engaging phonics resource has been designed to explore students’ understanding of letter-sound relationships.

Students are presented with a picture and three different short vowel sound options. They say the name of the object illustrated, then click on the grapheme that matches the vowel sound in the word. All objects are single syllable words.

The focus of this activity is on listening to the sounds – as this is the essential first step in the process of learning to read. Students match the phoneme (in this case, a short vowel sound) with its grapheme.

A list of the objects included on the slides is also provided.

Short Vowel Sound Practice for Kids

Have you found that kids confuse some short vowel sounds more easily than others? We’ve taken this into account and organised the slides into two sets:

  • short ‘e’, ‘a’ and ‘i’
  • short ‘a’, ‘u’ and ‘o’

Do you teach students who have been reading for some time, yet continue to have reading difficulties? Do your students confuse vowel sounds? This quiz provides students with lots of repetition of the vowel sounds that can be difficult to differentiate.

Help your students develop their sound-symbol knowledge by using the PowerPoint as a whole class/small group or individual activity.

If you’re looking for other phonics resources, try one of these:

  National Curriculum Curriculum alignment

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