If you are working on learning to read and write, sooner or later you will come accross ea sound words. There are three sounds to ea words – long e, short e, and long a. This fun, hands-on ea words phonics activity gives first graders a chance to practice and review this vowel pattern. Simply print the ea sound Bingo game to play and learn.
ea Sound Words
Some long vowels are a little tricky, and that the “ea” vowel team is one of them. This low prep game is a great way to practice the three sounds of “ea”. Vowel teams can be overwhelming. There are many of them, and they don’t all “act” the sound way. Some make the long sound, some make totally different sounds (like oi in soil), and then a last one makes the short vowel sound. And today, I have a game to work on this special vowel team.
The vowel team “ea” makes a lot of different sounds, and it can be quite confusing to our little ones. So it is important that we provide lots of learning time and activities for this special vowel team.
But first, here are the three sounds that ‘ea” makes.
- Long e – the most common sound that “ea” makes is the long e sound. We see this in words like meat, beak, dream,
- Short e – this is the crazy one. Normally, our short vowel sounds are made by closed doors syllables. But in this case, the “ea” actually makes the short e sound. We can see this in words like thread, dread, health, feather, and jealous.
- Long a – When I was growing up, I learned a saying that said, “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the taking.” Well, this vowel team defies that saying. In this case, the second vowel does the talking. Granted, it isn’t as common, but our kiddos need to know that it does happen. We see it happen in words like great, steak, and break. As a side note, “ear” is often considered a long a sound. If you say tear (I will tear the paper) you will hear the long a sound before the r.
This game is super low-prep.
- First, print off the game board that best fits your student’s needs. The first few have one-syllable words. While the later ones move into two and three-syllable words.
- Next, print off the spinner. It can be used for all boards.
- Finally, gather up a few supplies. Something to spin. A pencil and paper clip work or a purchased one is an option. Something to cover up the words.
ea words phonics
This game is similar to other bingo games, with just a little twist.
- Player 1 spins the spinner. Whatever the spinner lands on, they need to find a word that makes that sound. If you spin long e, then the player can cover up any word that has the long e sound like beast or cream.
- Player 2 spins and does the same thing.
- This continues until someone has four in a row.
That is it. It is a simple way to help children practice reading “ea” words and the three sounds that “ea” makes.
Long vowel sounds worksheets
Looking for more practice with the long a sound? Check out these free printables:
- Dot Marker Long a sound Worksheets
- PrintableLong Ai Words Game
- Long a Words Clip Cards
- Spelling Long A Sound Words Worksheet
- Identifying long and short vowel sounds worksheets pdf
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