Long Vowel Sounds

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Long vowel sounds have so many variant spellings! Below you’ll find 8 sets of word cards to familiarize your students with different ways to spell words with long A, E, I, O and U sounds.

Words with long A, I, and O that use the final e pattern (as in: make, bite, rope) appear in their own card sets. Examples of long vowel sounds spelled with digraphs (ay, ai, ee, ea, ie, igh, oa and ow) appear in separate sets of cards.

I find the long u sound the most confusing. Remember, long vowels say their name. So long u says “you” not “oo” as in “blue”. You’ll find cards with the short and long “oo” sounds in the More Vowel Sounds post.

Tip! Each word group has a “title card” to help keep your sets organized. However, if you want to make clean up even easier, consider colour coding your sets. Print directly onto coloured paper, or glue individual cards onto bright card stock using a different colour for each sound. That said, sorting activities during clean up give students the opportunity to reinforce spelling patterns, so don’t get too too carried away with colours 🙂


8 Long Vowel Sounds Word Sets

Set 1 – Long A with Final E – A_E

  • long /a/ with final e
  • 26 words
  • prints on 3 pages
  • mainly 1-syllable words
  • includes a few initial consonant blends

Word List:
ace, age, ape, ate, bake, cave, cage, dare, date, fake, gaze, hate, lace, make, Nate, pale, safe, take, wake, grape, place, plate, quake, scare, share, snake
Download Long A Set 1 (A_E)

Set 2 – Long A – AY, AI

  • long /a/ with digraphs
  • 22 words
  • prints on 3 pages
  • includes consonant blends
  • two 2-syllable words

Word List:
AI: fair, hair, jail, mail, rain, tail, wait, brain, chair, chain, paint, Spain
AY: day, May, pay, say, way, play, stay, tray, crayon, Sunday

Download Long A Set 2 (AI, AY)

Set 3 – Long E – EE, EA

  • long /e/ with digraphs
  • 24 words
  • prints on 3 pages
  • only 1-syllable words
  • includes consonant blends and digraphs

Word List:
EE: bee, see, feet, deep, week, jeep, free, cheek, green, queen, sheep, speed, street
EA: eat, sea, tea, beak, leaf, seat, team, beach, cheap, clean, teach

Download Long E (EE, EA)

Set 4 – Long I with Final E – I_E

  • long /i/ with final e
  • 22 words
  • prints on 3 pages
  • contains 1-syllable words only
  • includes consonant blends and digraphs

Word List:
bike, bite, dice, file, hike, ice, like, Mike, nice, pile, ride, side, time, vine, wine, bride, chime, prize, quite, smile, white, while

Download Long I Set 1 (I_E)

Set 5 – Long I – IE, IGH, Y

  • long /i/ with digraphs
  • 20 words
  • prints on 3 pages
  • contains 1-syllable words only

IE: die, lie, pie, tie
IGH: high, sigh, fight, night, light, right, sight
Y: by, my, cry, dry, fry, try, sky, spy, why

Download Long I Set 2 (IE, IGH, Y)

Set 6 – Long O with Final E – O_E

  • long /o/ with final e
  • 17 words
  • prints on 2 pages
  • contains 1-syllable words only
  • includes consonant blends and digraphs

Word List:
bone, bore, cone, dome, joke, lone, more, poke, rope, sore, tone, woke, phone, choke, drone, quote, smoke
Download Long O Set 1 (O_E)

Set 7 – Long O – OA, OW

  • long /o/ with digraphs
  • 24 words
  • prints on 3 pages
  • three 2-syllable words
  • includes consonant blends and digraphs

Word List:
OA: oak, boat, coat, loaf, soap, toad, coach, cloak, croak, float, throat
OW: low, mow, row, bowl, blow, crow, flow, grow, show, snow, elbow, pillow, window

Download Long O Set 2 (OA, OW)

Set 8 – Long U – U_E, UE, EW

  • long /u/ with final e and digraphs
  • 14 words
  • prints on 2 pages
  • does not include the long or short /oo/ sound

Word List:
U_E: use, cube, cute, fume, huge, mute, excuse
UE: cue, due, fuel, value
EW: few, pew, skew
Download Long U (U_E, UE, EW)

Long Vowel Sounds
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