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Robot Long E Sound Puzzles – “ea” Vowel Team Activities

Help first grade and 2nd grade students work on the long e sound as they learn to read and spell long ea words with these super cute, free robot printable puzzles! Simply print the pdf file with long vowel ea words for this hands-on phonics activity and vowel team activities for students!
Help first grade and 2nd grade students work on the long e sound as they learn to read and spell long ea words with these super cute, free robot printable puzzles! Simply print the pdf file with long vowel ea words for this hands-on phonics activity and vowel team activities for students!

Long E Sound

Sometimes when I read with my little kiddos, we are reading stories. Other times we focus on reading  words with a certain rule. Now reading a list of words isn’t much fun.  So I’m always looking for fun phonics activities and phonics printables to get her reading a list of words. And this time we decided some robot “ea” puzzles would be fun! As we continue to move forward and explore new reading rules like long e sounds, we have jumped headlong into vowel teams. And this week we are focusing on the long ea words. This long vowel EA words is perfect for grade 1 and grade 2 students to improve reading and spelling skills.

You’ve probably heard the saying, “When two vowels go a walkin, the first one does the talkin”. Well, this saying fits perfect for what we are working on this week. The generelsation is that when “e” and “a” are together, the two letters make the Long “e” sound.

Long ea Words

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> _____ <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the template. Long Vowel Ea Words

Exception to the “EA” Making the Long “e” Sound

Of course, we are talking about the English language, so there are some exceptions. Sometime “ea” actually make the short “e” sound. I know! Why would we do that??? But it is true.

Words like bread, health, spread, and read (pronounced like the color red) all make the short “e” sound. But don’t worry, today we are just focusing on making the long “e” sound. So you won’t see any of these crazy short “e” words with these puzzles.

But you little ones will get great practice reading long e words, with these fun “ea” puzzles.

Long Vowel Ea Words

With just a little cutting, these puzzles will be ready to go.

  1. First, print off the puzzles on card stock paper.
  2. Next, cut out the puzzles.
  3. Finally, sort the puzzles by color and you are ready to go.

Long ea Words

Vowel Team Activities

Now, it is time to get reading. At first, my little girl, wanted to sound out both the “e” and the “a” and make both sounds. It took a lot of practice to help her remember that the “ea” make one sound….the long “e” one.  But we kept working at it, and before long, that long e sound flowed out of her.

To also make it a little easier, I sorted the puzzles by color and only had her do one set of robots at a time. It kept it from being overwhelming, and we could so one set, take a break, and then do some more. Overall, the concentrated focus on reading words with “ea” helped her conquer these long “e” words. vowel team activities

Teaching vowel teams in first grade

The ea words included in this fun, hands-on phonic game include:

  • leak
  • reach
  • cheat
  • east
  • beach
  • beads
  • sea
  • season
  • steal
  • steam
  • tea
  • team
  • beak
  • jean
  • leaf
  • peak
  • teach
  • scream

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Rachel is a homeschool mom to four little ones, ages 2 to 6. She is a former public elementary teacher, and has recently began blogging at her page You’ve Got This.

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