Phonics – Long Vowel Sounds

Lesson Summary:

The lesson introduces the children to long vowel sounds using the silent ‘e’ rule. The discussion is designed to be read by the children, either individually or as a paired reading activity, depending upon their reading skills.  Activity A requires the children to write and identify words with both short and long vowel sounds and Activity B gives them the opportunity to practice pronouncing words containing both short and long vowel sounds, first with the assistance of the teacher and then on their own.


  • The children will be able to identify words with long vowel sounds.
  • The children will be able to pronounce and spell a selection of words containing both short and long vowel sounds.

Subject Area:

Language Arts

Lesson Excerpt:

You all know the short sounds of vowels, don’t you.  Let’s remind ourselves quickly before we continue. Read them out aloud:

a’ as in cap

e’ as in pet

i’ as in pin

o’ as in hop

u’ as in cut

How many more words can you think of which have short vowel sounds?

Today we are going to look at making long vowel sounds by using the rule of the silent ‘e’.   The silent e is an e which is added to the end of a word.  Although you can’t hear it, it changes the sound of the short vowel in the word into a long vowel sound.

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