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Variant Vowel Word Families & Scrambled Sentences


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Exposure to high frequency variant vowels is beneficial. Word families for 15 commonly used variant vowels are included. Students blend initial sounds to 35 bases, reading the 255 words that are formed.

Students should know short and long vowel phonemes and spelling patterns before being introduced to variant vowel phonemes. Suggestions for developing these prerequisite skills are included in the guide. Several Reading Manipulatives products target short and long vowels (SLV Flip Strips, SLV Word Families, Star Blending, and Intermediate Blending).

Once students are familiar with the word families, they are ready for the 12 sets of scrambled sentences. Students practice decoding words with short and long vowel patterns as well as variant vowels phonemes (underlined to alert students). A few sight words (such as the) are included. Students begin to look for the first word (with the capital) and the last word (with the period or question mark). Common suffixes are on some words. The 3 pictures students match to completed sentences often provide clues.

Grade Levels: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Common Core ELA Standards: RF.1.2a, RF.1.2b, RF.1.2c, RF.1.3a, RF.1.3b, RF.1.3c, RF.1.3d, RF.2.3a, RF.2.3b, RF.2.3c, RF.2.3d, RF.3.3

PDF Contents: 35 bases with onsets to form 255 words; 12 sets of 3 scrambled sentences; coordinating pictures to match to the completed sentences; student recordkeeping checklists; 9 pages of teacher information


35 word families, 255 words formed
12 sets of 3 scrambled sentences
36 coordinating pictures
9 pages of teacher information
Student checklists