FREE Long Vowel Match up

Long vowels are tricky so kids need time and practice to gain confidence when they're reading and writing. This Long Vowel Match Up activity is great for helping little ones think about how sounds work in words. They'll get practice writing, too!
Learning long vowels? This FREE long vowel match-up activity will be super helpful for 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade students. (homeschool language arts)

Some long vowels sound the same and this can be confusing!  By putting the same sounds but alternate spellings on each page, children can clearly see the difference and perhaps think about why they are spelled differently.

For example, does it depend if the long vowel is in the middle of the word or at the end?

This is a great activity for 1st grade and 2nd grade students especially, but helpful for other grades depending on the individual student.

Long Vowel

What you'll need

  • This printable (it comes in both color and black and white versions)
  • Scissors
  • Laminating sheets or plastic sleeves
  • Dry erase markers

To prepare

Print off the 5 long vowel mats, using colored paper if you'd like to brighten them up! Then laminate them or place them in plastic sleeves so the writing can be easily erased. Print off the small long vowel pictures and the 2 reference posters in either color or black and white. Then cut apart the pictures and store them in a small baggy. 

Brilliant long vowel match up activity for kids!

To play

Choose a long vowel mat.

The long vowel is written in the top right hand corner so it's clear.

Children then find the 6 pictures that match that vowel. They're easy to find since the long vowel is written in the top corner of each picture.

They then need to decide which spelling suits each word and place the pictures in the boxes on the correct side of the mat.

Using dry erase markers , write each word at the bottom of the mat. Most of the pictures only require the children to sound out the beginning sound (onset) then add the ending sound (rime).

These reference posters will help your kids self-check as they complete this free Long Vowel Match Up activity!

Some children will find this more difficult than others so they can complete the activity independently or make use of the reference posters to check their work or allow them to write even if they don't know the correct spelling. When they've finished they can erase their writing with a tissue and try another mat!

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Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.