These worksheets work on words that contain long a and short a sounds.

If the vowel (in this case "a") says it's name, it is consider a long vowel. Such as in the word "take". If the vowel does not do that and make another sound, it's considered a short vowel. Many people don't understand the importance of understanding long and short vowels. It becomes a very valuable skill once you start to encountering higher level vocabulary words.

The most common long a words are: baby, lady, paper, bake, rake and lane. The most common short a words are: dad, hat, man, sat, fan and lane.

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Print Long A Short a Vowel Sounds Worksheets

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The Long A Sound

Circle the objects that have a long A (ā) sound. Then write the word under the picture.

Short A (ā) Words

Circle the indicated words. It's best to sound all of them out aloud.

Coloring the Long and Short

Color the Long A words RED. Color the Short a words BLUE. Color all other words GREEN.

Long A Words

Complete each sentence with a Long A word from the word box.

Circling Long A

Circle the word in each pair that has the long a sound. Write that word on the line. Say the name of each picture. If it has a Long A sound, draw a line to connect the picture to the Long A.

Short Search

Say the name of the picture. Circle the word.

Long Word Search

Underline the Long A words in the story and write them on the lines. Only write each word once. The story: Jane was going on vacation. She was very excited, because she was going to travel on a plane.

Cut and Paste 'em

Cut out the pictures. Glue them next to the correct long a words.

Say It, Draw It

Say the name of each picture. If it has a short a sound, draw a line to connect the picture to the it. Can you think of two things whose name contains the short a sound? Draw a picture of each thing. Then write its name on the line.

Does It Speak To You?

Read each word. Does it have a long (ā) sound, or a short (ă) sound? Color in the circle next to the correct sound.

Add an "e"

Read each word. Then add an e. Read the new word and write it on the line.

Long and a__e Words

Read each word. Then draw a picture of it.

Short & a__e Words

Draw a line to match each picture to the correct word.

Why Not Do It Again?

Name each picture. Spell its name on the line.

Can You Hear the Sound?

Circle the word in each set that starts with a short a (ă) sound and the word that just contains it as well.