There are so many vowel teams and so many possible spellings that is can be difficult to try and make sense of them all– So today, I have a multisensory activity to help organize your vowel teams!
I have a student in our online Orton-Gillingham program who is struggling with reading and spelling words with vowel teams. It looked like he needed some sort of conceptual graphic-organizer to figure out what sounds/spellings were possibilities for a word with a certain sound. He has learned almost all of the more common and some of the less common vowel teams for reading, but still gets several of them mixed up with one another.
On his online whiteboard, we have the vowel teams organized into a chart, by sound and by placement in the word (beginning/middle or end), with the more frequent spellings in front of the less-frequent ones. I figured putting this chart on paper would be a great multisensory practice activity to help him internalize the structure behind English vowel teams.
Vowel Team Chart
This activity can be modified to suit your scope/sequence and individualized to what graphemes/phonemes your student already knows.
What you will need:
Vowel Team Chart BW, Cardstock, and Scissors OR Letter-Tiles with vowel teams from your program (optional)
To make a reusable puzzle:
Print out the pages on cardstock and cut out the vowel teams you want to use on the last page
— laminate everything if you want them to last a bit longer and you want to re-use this as a puzzle-style activity (or, if you use a program with letter-tiles, you can use those to place in the boxes on the chart).
To make a permanent reference chart:
You can have the student make their own personal chart by gluing down the vowel teams onto the chart for their own reference. They may also write a Key Word or draw a picture to go with each vowel team placed on the chart. If you use the LiPS program, you can also have them place LiPS mouth-pictures next to the sounds on the chart for reference.
As an alternative, you can have your student glue down or write in the vowel teams on the chart and then cover with paper flaps, so your students can quiz themselves on the vowel teams in each section of the chart.
Extend the activity by having your student organize the vowel teams by frequency of use; time your students and see how quickly they can complete the chart; have your students come up with a way to color-code the chart– points for creativity!
Check out Sarah Z’s post today— she has a game for “double duty” nouns and verbs (words that can be both, like dust and bat). This is a great idea for our students who need more grammar practice!