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Snowman R-Controlled Vowel Syllables Activity (Free Printable)

Looking for a fun way to work on r-controlled vowel syllables? This r-conrolled syllable activity is a great way to get practice with ar, or, and er (which can be spelled er, ir, or ur) sounds. Use this winter theme r-controlled vowel activities as a fun snowman activity with first graders during January! Simply print r controleld vowel sort to play and learn with with free snoman printable phonics activity! Looking for a fun way to work on r-controlled vowel syllables? This r-conrolled syllable activity is a great way to get practice with ar, or, and er (which can be spelled er, ir, or ur) sounds. Use this winter theme r-controlled vowel activities as a fun snowman activity with first graders during January! Simply print r controleld vowel sort to play and learn with with free snoman printable phonics activity!

R-Controlled Vowel Syllables

This week the cold has hit our area. We live in Georgia and are used to fifty-degree winter days in December and January, but it has been unusually cold going into Thanksgiving. And with all the cold weather we are not used to, it felt like the perfect time to create a snowman activity. One phonics skill my little girl needs to constantly review is the r-controlled vowel syllable. So today we have a fun r-controlled vowel sort and it focuses on the “er” sound.

r Controlled Syllable

What are r-controlled vowel syllables? R-controlled vowel syllables are vowels that have an r after them. When a vowel is followed by an r, the vowel doesn’t make a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound. In fact, you do not hear the vowel sound anymore. It is said that the r controls the vowel and makes it own sound. YOu may have also heard this be called the Bossy r. r Controlled Syllable There are three main types of r-controlled sounds.
  • Ar – makes the sound that you hear in car. Other “ar” words star, bark, scar, large, and depart.
  • or – makes the sound that you hear in the words for. You can also hear it in words like stork, thorn, scorn, and forgive.
  • er – this one actually has three ways to make this sound. You can make it with an “er”, “ir” or “ur”. There really aren’t any rules for which letter to use when the “er” sound is in the middle of the word. For this reason, it is important to give our little ones lots of opportunities to read and see these words often.
And that is what today’s activity is all about. ur words

r Controlled Vowel Activities

First, print off the snowmen on card stock paper. Next, cut off the bottom part of the snowman. The part with the word written on it. And that is it. You are ready for this activity. R- Controlled Vowel Sort

R- Controlled Vowel Sort

The activity is quite simple. Have your little one pick up one of the words and read it out loud. You can remind them that “er”, “ir” and “ur” all make the same sound. Sometimes I have circled the two letters that make the “er” sound and above them write “er” to help her remember that the “ur” and the “ir” make the “er” sound too. Once the word is read, all she has to do is look for a picture that matches the word she just read aloud. And that’s it….a fun, wintery way to review those r-controlled vowels.

As your kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade continue working on phonics skills to improve reading and spelling they will encounter the bossy r. These bossy r worksheets are simple, free printable cut and paste worksheets that are a great way for kids to practice listening for bossy r in words. Simply print pdf file with r controlled vowels worksheets and you are ready to learn with r controlled worksheets. This fun phonics game allows children to work on r controlled vowels while having fun. This car printable helps kids learn the r controlled vowels /ar/. Use this phonics ar words game with first grade and 2nd graders to improve reading and writing the ar sounds words. Simply print the pdf file with  bossry r game for a phonics activity for 1st graders.  Help kids practice phonics or words with this fun, hands-on phonics games for 1st grade. In this tic-tac-toe game, kindergarten and first grader will practice reading or words to improve phonics skills. Simply print the r-controlled vowel printable activity and you are ready to play and learn!

r Controlled vowel activity

Snow Volcano Kids will love this fun snowman activity that allows them to sneak in a little science to a cold, winter day! Snowman eruptions are so easy, and this is such a cute project for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students.  In these winter science experiments children will watch the effect of baking soda and vinegar in a silly and outrageously FUN snow experiments. Kids will have fun with this melting snowman where they will melt the snowman using a fun winter science experiment. This snowman activity is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten to sneak in a fun winter STEM activity where they will build a snowman and then melt it with snow science experiments observing simple chemistry for kids.

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Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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