Using Pinterest and some of the things that I’ve used in the classroom, here is a short and entertaining list of how to make vowels fun while teaching in the classroom!
Making Vowels Fun by Having Them Work as a Team
Jodi’s blog post about a quick and easy five-minute game is perfect 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 has to guess the vowel that they have. They can do long or short vowel versions.
Making Vowels Fun with Games
This vowel sound game involves play with learning. Student one hides the marble under one of the cups. Student two must guess which cup it is under after given clues about which cup it is hidden under. Additionally, student one could give the sound it makes OR words that have the medial sound.
This would also be fun to differentiate between short and long vowels, such as having a short “A” cup and a long “A” cup.
Make It Interactive
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
(Source: Vowel Books TPT)
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 Vowels Fun by Having Them Sing It
(Source: YouTube and First Grade O.W.L.S.)
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. And most of all, you make vowels fun!
For more great content on this subject, check out my post for Letter and Short Vowel Interactive Fun.
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