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Long and Short Vowels

In this worksheet, students decide whether words contain long or short vowel sounds. The worksheet requires the student to listen to audio clips.

'Long and Short Vowels' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Phonological Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Question 1

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

 

cat

CORRECT ANSWER
short vowel sound
EDDIE SAYS
The 'a' makes a short sound in this word.
  • Question 2

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

 

rain

CORRECT ANSWER
long vowel sound
EDDIE SAYS
The 'a' and the 'i' work together to make a long vowel sound.
  • Question 3

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

 

shop

CORRECT ANSWER
short vowel sound
EDDIE SAYS
The 'o' makes a short vowel sound.
  • Question 4

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

 

blue

CORRECT ANSWER
long vowel sound
EDDIE SAYS
The 'u' and the 'e' work together to make a long vowel sound.
  • Question 5

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

 

dust

CORRECT ANSWER
short vowel sound
EDDIE SAYS
The 'u' makes a short vowel sound.
  • Question 6

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

CORRECT ANSWER
long vowel sound
EDDIE SAYS
The double 'e' makes a long vowel sound.
  • Question 7

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

 

stone

CORRECT ANSWER
long vowel sound
EDDIE SAYS
The 'o' and the 'e' work together to make a long vowel sound.
  • Question 8

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

 

map

CORRECT ANSWER
short vowel sound
EDDIE SAYS
The 'a' makes a short vowel sound.
  • Question 9

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

 

Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
clip
shut
chop
  • Question 10

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

 

Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
hope
slide
steal
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