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

Vowels are speech sounds that are made by our vocal bands. They also happen to be five / twenty-sixth of our alphabet. Depending on how a vowel sound is stressed within a word determines the classification of a vowel. There are two standard classifications. Long vowels are vowels that sound the same as the letter that they represent. For example, in the word “bake”, the vowel a is said the same exact way as you say it when reciting the alphabet for your teacher. Short vowels do not have the same sound within a word as they do within the alphabet. For example, the vowel a in the word “apple”. If you look at the entire language short vowels are much more common. The best way to identify the use of a long and short a vowel is to say the word aloud to yourself and ask yourself if the vowel sound is the same as the name of the vowel. 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.