Your students are growing as readers and writers. Introducing long vowel rules and spelling patterns is a natural next step in their reading journey. Keep reading for lessons, activities, and tips to teach long vowels in the second grade classroom.
What are long vowels?
The long sound of each vowel refers to when the vowel “says its name.” So, if your students know how to sing their ABCs, they already know the long vowel sound of each vowel. When introducing long vowels, there are so many spelling patterns to think about. You will want to break each spelling pattern into its own lesson. Long vowel sounds are found in open consonants, CVC-E words, vowel teams, and diphthongs. A classroom sound wall and sound chart are great ways to introduce and reinforce short vowel sounds.
This long vowel sound chart is a lifesaver! It’s a great visual resource for students to keep in their literacy notebooks, or displayed on the classroom wall.
Teaching Long Vowels in 2nd Grade
These spelling patterns and rules need exposure and practice for students to master. Phonics Ladders can be used as a whole group guided lesson, or as student independent practice. Read more about how to use phonics ladders in the classroom here.
Long Vowel Activities, Centers, and More!
Have you tried our phonics mats yet? Each phonics mat features a brief, decodable reading passage, along with fluency and other reading skills practice on each page.
Phonics Day by Day is a spiral review that reinforces previously taught phonics patterns. You can check out an example of the long vowel review here.
Phonics poems give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the given pattern to text. This poem provides 5 days of reading fluency activities.
Long Vowel Toothy
Looking for a hands-on phonics center for long vowels? Look no further than our easy-to-prep 2nd Grade Literacy Centers. Check out an example of our long vowel centers here.
Videos to Teach Long Vowels
Check out these videos that teach long vowel sounds!
Remember, there are so many ways for long vowels to make their long vowel sound. Take your time with each new phonics pattern, and watch your students’ reading and writing abilities grow!
How to Teach other 2nd Grade Phonics Concepts
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Short Vowel Digraphs