Long and Short Vowels
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  • Introduction
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There are 26 letters in the alphabet. Five of them are vowels.

All words have vowels in them, but sometimes they make short sounds and sometimes they make long sounds.

 

These words all have short vowel sounds:

mat

pen

lip

hot

cut

 

These words have more than one vowel in them, and the sounds they make are long.

train

sheep

kite

hope

shoot

 

In this worksheet you can practise listening to words and deciding whether the vowel sounds in them are long or short.

  • Question 1
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Listen to this word and decide whether it contains a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound.

 

cat

short vowel sound

long vowel sound

  • Question 2
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Listen to this word and decide whether it contains a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound.

 

rain

short vowel sound

long vowel sound

  • Question 3
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Listen to this word and decide whether it contains a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound.

 

shop

short vowel sound

long vowel sound

  • Question 4
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Listen to this word and decide whether it contains a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound.

 

blue

short vowel sound

long vowel sound

  • Question 5
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Listen to this word and decide whether it contains a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound.

 

dust

short vowel sound

long vowel sound

  • Question 6
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This time, read the word for yourself and decide whether it contains a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound.

 

It might help if you read the word out loud.

 

sleep

short vowel sound

long vowel sound

  • Question 7
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Read the word for yourself and decide whether it contains a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound.

 

stone

short vowel sound

long vowel sound

  • Question 8
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Read the word for yourself and decide whether it contains a short vowel sound or a long vowel sound.

 

map

short vowel sound

long vowel sound

  • Question 9
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This time, read all the words in the list and tick the ones with a short vowel sound.

 

Tick three boxes.

clip

name

shut

stair

chop

spoon

  • Question 10
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Read all the words in the list and tick the ones with a long vowel sound.

 

Tick three boxes.

hope

chat

slide

wish

help

steal

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