Skill Intensive with Short Vowels: Card Flip

Skill Intensive with Short Vowels: Card Flip

Posted by Brainspring on 19th Jun 2023

Skill Intensives are used to practice difficult sounds or skills. Intensives are a mini-review of miscued sounds in the 3-part drill. Skill Intensives can also be used when miscues occur in dictation words and sentences. Skill Intensives can be used with any confusing sounds, single consonants, blends, or word families.

Skill Intensives with Short Vowels are a mini-review of the short vowel sounds. Students listen and identify the short vowel sounds.

*Skill Intensives with Short Vowels are for review only. They are intended for previously taught short vowel sounds that still pose difficulties for the students.

The three levels of Skill Intensives with Short Vowels are:

  • Level One: Pure sounds.

/ă/, /ĕ/, /ĕ/, /ă/, /ă/, /ă/, /ă/, /ĕ/

  • Level Two: Word families.-at, -ed, -em, -eb, -ack, -am, -ep, -ag
  • Level Three: CVC words and syllables.

fam, nev, feb, mag, bas, neb, gam

Skill Intensive with Short Vowels Activity Idea

Card Flip


  • Index cards
  • Students write the first targeted vowel on both (short) sides of an index card. Tell students they have labeled the card correctly if they hold up the short side and we both see the same vowel. Then ask students to turn the card upside down and label the other short sides (front and back)
  • Students flip up the vowel they hear as they practice all three levels.

Written by Ingrid Hartig

Ingrid is an Education Consultant with Brainspring.

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