Reading Words with a Short Vowel /a/ Sound

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10431

Sally ate an apple. How many a sounds do you hear? You'll complete online games and hands-on activities while practicing the short /a/ sound until you can hear, read, and write like a pro!

categories

Phonics, Reading

subject
Reading
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

The short/a/ sound can be found in many words. The short /a/ sound is the one you hear in the beginning of the word apple.

Is the picture above of a happy face or a sad face? Yes, this is a sad face. Sad has the short /a/ sound in it.

Can you name a word that rhymes with (has the same ending sound as) sad? Tell your teacher or parent the word, and see if he or she can think of a word to rhyme with it. Make a list of words that rhyme with sad.

In this lesson, you will practice reading words with a short vowel /a/ sound.

Your goals are to be able to read and write each word correctly by listening to all of its letter sounds.

Watch Phonics Sort /a/ Sound to review the short /a/ sound:

 

Where is the /a/ sound?

Print the Short /a/ Picture Cards found in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. Cut out the letters and the picture cards. Lay the cards out on the table in front of you.

  1. Point to the picture of the apple.
    • Say the letter name A.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /a/ sound.
    • Stretch the /a/ sound in the word apple by saying aaaaple.
  2. Point to the picture of the alligator.
    • Say the letter name A.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /a/ sound.
    • Stretch the /a/ sound in the word alligator by saying aaaaligator.
  3. Point to the picture of the ant.
    • Say the letter name A.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /a/ sound.
    • Stretch the /a/ sound in the word ant by saying aaaant.
  4. Point to the picture of cat.
    • Say the letter name A.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /a/ sound.
    • Where do you hear the short /a/ sound in this word?
    • Stretch the /a/ sound in the middle of the word cat by saying caaaat.

Segmenting the Sounds in Words

Print the Short /a/ Segmenting Words Graphic Organizer found in the Downloadable Resources. Cut out the picture cards. Lay the cards and the segmenting mat out on the table in front of you.

  1. Begin with the picture of the cat.
    • Say “cat”.
    • Now say the beginning sound in cat, /k/.
    • Next say the middle sound in cat, /a/.
    • Now say the ending sound in cat, /t/.
    • As you say each sound, move a new penny onto the mat for each sound you hear from beginning to end.
      • When you move the coins onto the mat, it will help you to hear each sound in the word.
      • How many sounds does the word cat have? The word cat has three sounds.
  2. Repeat this procedure for the picture cards mat, man, and sat.

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