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Short Vowel Sound

short vowel sound

The short vowel sound can be a bit tricky to teach to your child.  We had the best luck teaching our kids short vowels by having them say simple words using the short sound.

We would spend time saying different three to four letter words and stress the vowel sound in those words.  Below you'll find short vowel word lists that you can use to show your child a handful of the words that are a result of short vowels.  Don't forget to stress the vowel sound and spend some time practicing just the short sound of the different vowels.

For simplicity of showing how short vowels work, I've included mainly simple three to four letter words.

Short Vowel Sound Word Lists

I separated each of the word lists into different vowel sounds so you can teach them individually.  The lists are by no means exhaustive, but I did try to include as many of the simple words as space would allow.

There are many ways that you could use these printout.  For starters, go over the different words with your child.  Start with just one vowel, and work your way through the list, saying each word and really stressing the sound of the vowel.  

Spend some time trying to come up with words that may not be included on the list or even get silly and make up new words that use the correct sound.  You'll see lots of shorter three letter words, so have your child come up with longer words. 

This is a great way to work on rhyming skills as well.  If you see a word on the list, come up with as many words that rhyme as you can.  For example, when you read the word "cab" with your child, you can start rhyming with words (real or not) like dab, fab, gab, hab, and so on.  This also opens up an opportunity to discuss what are and aren't 'real' words.  Talking about language and words is great!

Once you've worked through one list of words, be sure to move onto the next one and then mix the words up, having your child read words from different lists.

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You can use these lists as study guides to help your child learn each individual short vowel and the sound it makes.  Find more worksheets for each vowel using the lessons below:

Worksheets › Short Vowel› Short Vowel Words

Phonics: Short A

This phonics card game has 36 cards to be cut out (18 word cards and 18 picture cards) highlighting words with the short-A sound in them. Use the cards for memory games, review activities, and more.
This printable phonics activity has 25 word boxes to cut out. Then arrange the words to form sentences, trying to use at least one short-A word in each sentence. On the lines provided, write down the sentences you make.
Print and cut out cards in this scavenger hunt activity. Hide the cards featuring words with a short-A sound around your classroom and have your students find them.

Flashcards and Word Wheels

Here's a set of 36 short-a flashcards. Words include at, am, cat, ham, man, rat, map, pan, etc.
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
Spin the circles to make the words: rag, bag, tag, sag, snag, and wag.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Spin the circles to make the words: than, pan, can, man, ran, and fan.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Spin the circles to make the words: rat, bat, that, sat, mat, and cat
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Long-A Vowel Sound Worksheets

This link has many printable worksheets to choose from for your students to learn about words with a long-A vowel sound. There are coloring worksheets, cut-and-glue activities, word wheels, writing activities, etc.

Mixed Long-A and Short-A Worksheets

The printable worksheets in this unit have both short-A and long-A words in all of the worksheets so students learn to differentiate between the sounds. Try the cut-and-glue word sort activity, the horizontal word hunt, or listen-and-circle worksheets.

Word Family Worksheets

Check out our many word family units on this page. Includes: -ack, -ain, -am, -aw, -ed, -end, -ice, -ine, -oat, -ore, -un, and more.

Full Phonics Listing

This page has a huge list of all of our phonics unit all in one place. We have word family units, sight word units, word patterns, vowel digraphs and diphthongs, blends, and much, much, more!

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It’s time to do away with quixotic monsters such as “discombobulated” or “magniloquent.”

In the current era of rapid everything, we need swift pieces of language that’ll convey meaning with a short sound wave.

How do we define short? –  Two syllables maximum.  Anything more than that shall not pass. Hence the list of short, cute words that’ll fly fast and make a strong impact.

love vs. discombobulated - sound wave

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No matter the reason, you should familiarize yourself with these snappy pieces of the lexicon.

Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read, and you’re pierced. Aldous Huxley

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Here’s the list of 200 short and pretty words in English:

Sassy – distinctively smart and stylish.

Effuse – to pour forth.

Audible – loud enough to be heard. It’s also the name of my favorite audiobook platform.

Rend – to split or tear apart or in pieces by violence.

Phonic – pertaining to the nature of sound.

Virtu – rare, curious, or aesthetic quality.

Misty – filled or abounding with fog or mist.

Chasm – a yawning hollow, as in the Earth’s surface.

Fervor – ardor or intensity of feeling.

Lingo – language.

Hustle – to move with haste and promptness.

Zephyr – a soft, gentle wind.

Robust – characterized by great strength and durability.

Beget – to produce by the sexual act.

Onset – an assault, especially of troops, upon an enemy or fortification.

Ravine – A deep gorge or hollow, especially one worn by a stream or flow of water.

Scythe – a long curved blade for mowing, reaping, etc.

Befog – to confuse.

Bosom – the breast or the upper front of the thorax of a human being, especially of a woman.

Racy – exciting or exhilarating to the mind.

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Posse – a force of men.

Endue – to endow with some quality, gift, or grace, usually spiritual.

Vista – a view.

Votary – consecrated by a vow or promise.

Artful – characterized by craft or cunning.

Lucid – mentally sound.

Unison – a condition of perfect agreement and accord.

Altar – any raised place or structure on which sacrifices may be offered or incense burned.

Germane – relevant.

Probe – to search through and through.

Whet – to make more keen or eager.

Matrix – that which contains and gives shape or form of anything.

Canine – characteristic of a dog.

Mien – the external appearance or manner of a person.

Natal – pertaining to one’s birth.

Nomic – usual or customary.

Minion – a servile favorite.

Annals – a record of events in chronological order, year-by-year.

Visage – the face, countenance, or look of a person.

Refute – to prove to be wrong.

Adroit – having skill in the use of bodily or mental powers.

Aghast – struck with terror and amazement.

Portend – to indicate as being about to happen, especially by previous signs.

Nettle – to excite sensations of uneasiness or displeasure.

Purl – to cause to whirl, as in an eddy.

Frizz – to give the crinkled fluffy appearance to something.

Hoard – to gather and store away for the sake of accumulation.

Venal – mercenary, corrupt.

Ardent – burning with passion.

Senile – peculiar to or proceeding from the weakness or infirmity of old age.

Upturn – to throw into confusion.

Rabid – affected by rabies.

Licit – lawful.

Brethren – members of the brotherhood, guild, profession, association, or the like.

Travail – hard or agonizing labor.

Psychic – pertaining to the mind or soul.

Lune – the moon.

Augur – to predict.

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Patter – to mumble something over and over.

Detrude – to push down forcibly.

Antecede – to precede.

Extort – to obtain by violence, threats compulsion, or the subjection of another to some necessity.

Superb – sumptuously elegant.

Elegy – a lyric poem lamenting the dead.

Posit – to present in an orderly manner.

Nomad – having no fixed abode.

Deluge – overwhelmed with a flood or water.

Avidity – greediness.

Deceit – falsehood.

Wield – to use control or manage an instrument or weapon, especially with full command.

Wrest – pool or force away by violence twisting or wringing.

Evert – to turn upside down.

Cipher – a secret or disguised way of writing; a code.

Bursar – a person who manages the financial affairs of a college or school.

Epitome – a simplified representation.

Kernel – a grain or seed.

Excel – to be superior or distinguished.

Unify – to cause to be one.

Espy – To keep a close watch.

Infirm – lacking in bodily or mental strength.

Bedaub – to smear over, as with something oily or sticky.

Lyre – one of the most ancient stringed instruments of the harp class.

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Nurture – the process of fostering or promoting growth.

Beau – a boyfriend or male admirer.

Rebuff – unexpected rejection of advances or approaches.

Baleful – malignant.

Nectar – any especially sweet and delicious drink.

Induct – to bring in.

Infuse – to instill, introduce, or inculcate (as principles or qualities).

Vivify – make more lively or engaging; enliven.

Awaken – to arouse (emotion, interest, etc.)

Shriek – a sharp, shrill outcry or scream, caused by agony or terror.

Muffle – to deaden the sound of something (weapons).

Aerial – Pertaining to or like the air.

Docile – easy to manage or influence.

Hydrous – watery.

Oratorio – a composition for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra generally taken from the Scriptures.

Hexagon – a figure with six angles.

Constrict – to bind.

Ado – unnecessary activity or ceremony.

Pillage – open robbery as in war.

Affix – to fasten.

Nostrum – a medicine prepared by an unqualified person, especially one that is not considered effective.

Pervade – to pass or spread through every part.

Myth – a fictitious narrative presented as historical but without any basis of fact.

Arcade – a vaulted passageway or street, a roofed passageway having shops.

Inlet – a small body of water leading into a larger one.

Banal – commonplace.

Latent – dormant.

Redress – to set right a wrong, by compensation or the punishment of the wrongdoer.

Vitiate – spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of.

Mimic – to imitate the speech or actions of.

Furbish – to restore brightness or beauty to.

Ordeal – anything that severely tests courage, strength, patience, conscience.

Nausea – and affection of the stomach producing dizziness.

Evince – to make manifest or evident.

Baffle – to foil or frustrate.

Wreak – to inflict as revenge or punishment.

Usurp – to take possession of by force.

Educe – bring out or develop (something latent or potential).

Diurnal – daily.

Pall – to make dull by satiety.

Attest – to certify as accurate, genuine or true.

Canto – one of the divisions of an extended poem.

Alder – any shrub or small tree of the oak family.

Volant – flying or able to fly.

Reck – to have a care or thought for.

Aqueous – pertaining to or containing water.

Comport – to conduct or behave oneself.

Illusive – deceptive.

Puerile – childish.

Antic – a grotesque, ludicrous, or fantastic action.

Perfidy – the state of being deceitful and untrustworthy.

Teem – to be full, overflowing with something.

Quietus – a silencing suppressing or ending.

Lode – a vein of metal ore in the earth.

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Auburn – reddish-brown usually said of the hair.

Prosaic – unimaginative.

Decoy – anything that allures or is intended to allure into danger or temptation.

Ripplet – a small ripple, as of water.

Biped – an animal having two feet.

Foursome – consisting of four.

Viceroy – a ruler acting with royal authority in place of the sovereign in a colony or province.

Florid – having a red or flushed complexion.

Idiom – the use of words peculiar to a particular language.

Acquit – to free or clear from accusation.

Liquefy – convert into a liquid or into liquid form.

Engrave – to cut or carve in or upon some surface.

Bestial – of or like an animal or animals.

Bask – to make warm by genial heat.

Stellar – pertaining to the stars.

Enrage – to infuriate.

Thermal – pertaining to heat and temperature.

Polar – pertaining to the poles of a sphere, especially of the earth.

Ruth – a feeling of pity, distress, or grief.

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Wane – to diminish in size and brilliancy.

Rapt – enraptured.

Blithe – joyous.

Allege – to assert to be true, especially in a formal manner as in court.

Fancier – while having a taste for or interest in special objects.

Solace – comfort in grief, trouble, or calamity.

Vestige – a visible trace mark or impression of something absent lost or gone.

Concur – to agree.

Deify – to regard or worship as a god.

Rotund – round form fullness or plumpness.

Inept – not fit or suitable.

Torpor – a state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy.

Jovial – merry.

Apex – the highest point (as of a mountain).

Arid – very dry.

Blatant – noisily or offensively loud or clamorous.

Plea – arguments to obtain some desired action.

Crass – course or thick in nature or structure.

Alcove – a covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room.

Bawl – To proclaim by outcry.

Diabolic – characteristic of the devil.

Revere – to regard with worshipful veneration.

Forte – a strong point.

Prolix – verbose.

Slothful – lazy.

Protract – to prolong.

Parse – to describe as a sentence by separating it into its elements and describing each word.

Purloin – to steal.

Extant – still existing and known.

Exert – to make an effort.

Copious – plentiful.

Divulge – tell or make known, as something previously private or secret.

Solar – pertaining to the sun.

Retort – retaliatory speech.

Lave – to wash or bathe.

Onus – a burden or responsibility.

Abrade – to wear away the surface or some part of by friction.

Mutiny – rebellion against lawful or constituted authority.

Jocose – done or made in jest.

Flimsy – thin and weak.

Pyre – a heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body.

Vale – level or low land between hills.

Orate – to deliver an elaborate or formal public speech.

Pique – a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one’s pride.

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