Free lessons on silent letters & vowels in reading

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Free lessons on silent letters & vowels in reading
Children can learn how to use silent letters and vowels using these activities and worksheets. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Learning to read involves an understanding of various literacy concepts, including silent letters and vowels. Without comprehension of these concepts, children will be unable to correctly pronounce words while reading. Fortunately, there are several resources online that teaches these concepts. Using worksheets, activities and computer games, students will learn about silent letters and vowels in an entertaining manner.

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Silent Letter Practice Sheets

Practice sheets allow children to understand the concept of silent letters. provides a printable Silent Letters activity with a list of eight words. The students say each word out loud and rewrite it. Afterward, the students circle the silent letter. First School Years offers a printable worksheet where students have to add the silent letter to a list of incomplete words. The rules for all silent letters are included in the worksheet.

Silent Letter Games

Free computer games are another resource available to teach the concepts of silent letters. The free games helps young learners revise and remember which words contain silent letters. BBC provides a free educational game called "Silent Invaders." In the game, words come down the screen on a spaceship. The participant has to zap the word with a gun that displays its silent letter. "Silent B" is a printable game that allows kids to access their creativity. In the game, kids are given a description of a word such as, "A baby sheep." Kids are then required to write the answer to the description ("lamb" in this example) and draw a picture to illustrate it. All of the answers have a silent letter in them.

Vowel Worksheets

Vowel worksheets help teach and reinforce the concepts of both short and long vowels. Worksheets also improve a student's vocabulary and reading fluency. Super Teacher Worksheets provides several worksheets that utilise long and short vowel sounds. In their sounds worksheet, kids are presented with over 80 words in a grid. The activity requires students to colour each square in the grid according to the vowel sound it represents. For example, words with long "o" vowels are coloured purple, while words with short "u" sounds are coloured light blue. The sentences worksheet provides kids with 12 sentences with long vowels. The directions require students to find the long vowel in the sentence, and write down what vowel sound it has in the space provided.

Vowel Games

Free games and activities teach the concepts of vowels to children in a entertaining manner. Soft Schools provides a Short Vowel phonic computer game. In the game, a student is presented with an incomplete word as well as a representative image. Students must insert the correct vowel into the word to complete the game. Phonics World provides a printable Short Vowels activity. In the activity, students are presented with nine different images. To complete the activity, one must circle the short vowel sound in each picture name.

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