A vowel team is a group of letters that work together to make a single vowel sound. Usually, the vowel sound created is long, as in -oa, but vowel teams can also make a short vowel sound, as /ea/ in bread.
The most common vowel teams are ai, ay, ee, ea, oa and oe. Once each team is taught and mastered in isolation, it is important to provide mixed practice. Therefore, I created a Color-by-Vowel- Team activity. This activity requires students to differentiate between vowel teams. It also provides practice reading difficult words, such a spray, and sprain.
Make it Multisensory
This activity is easily adaptable to fit ANY LESSON! All you need is a coloring sheet of your choice (several FREE options through DLTK’s) and a specific skill you wish to practice. I have had students color-code pictures based on homophones, short vowel sounds, parts of speech, etc. The possibilities are endless!
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Written by Stephanie Castillo
Stephanie is the Center Director of the Brainspring Learning Center in Clarkston, Michigan.