Reading Skills: Vowels
Learn how to read and pronounce short, long, and double vowels. The following web sites include games, hands-on activities with animations and sounds, and lesson plans. There are links to eThemes recourses on spelling and reading strategies.
Learn to Read
This page has online interactive games, lessons, and animated movie about letters, sounds, and words.
It's Fun to Read!
This page has online interactive stories that can help kids of different ages to learn how to read. Select the "I'm Reading!" link for more advanced level.
PBS: Between the Lions: When Two Vowels Go Walking
Listen to a song and learn how to write, read, and pronounce words with double vowels. NOTE: This site requires Windows Media.
ABC Teach: Word Slide: Short Vowels (B_T)
Print out this PDF file to create a word slide than practice to pronounce words with different vowels.
See 'N Spell
Practice spelling short words playing this game. Please be patient while game is uploading. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
Can you find words with long vowels? Check you knowledge here.
BBC: Words and Pictures: Long Vowel Sounds
This web site has fun games for younger kids to practice long vowel sounds, typical of proper British pronunciation.
Teaching Short Vowel Discrimination Using Dr. Seuss Rhymes
Here is a lesson plan that can help children learn short vowels "o" and "u" while recognizing them in Dr. Seuss Rhymes. Includes a PDF worksheet.
Using Folk Tales: Vowel Influences on the Letter G
This lesson plan is designed to help kids to learn how different vowels can influence letter "g". The lesson plan includes reading of the "Jack and the Beanstalk" story.
Select time or untimed mode of the game and find as many words as you can to reach the eighth level. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
Combine as many as you can letters into words in this Tetris-like game. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
eThemes Resource: Grammar: Spelling
These sites include many interactive spelling games that are fun for the SMARTboard. Also includes lists of common spelling rules and tips on helping students learn to spell.
eThemes Resource: Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
These websites contain reading strategies to help elementary school students become good readers. Some websites simply list strategies and some include activities to help students learn. One website is a PowerPoint presentation on good reading techniques and one website compares good reading with poor reading. Some websites are written for students who are having trouble learning to read.
eThemes Resource: Teaching Tips: Reading Comprehension Strategies
These sites offer various strategies to improve reading comprehension for students at all grade levels. Includes many online stories and questions to test reading comprehension. There is a reading comprehension inventory and research articles on this topic. Many pages can be printed out and used in the classroom. Some of the tips include KWL charts, story maps, word maps, and story pyramids.