If your kindergarten, first grade, or 2nd grader is working on r-controlled vowel, you will love this sorting game to learn the ar, er, ir, or, and ur sounds. First let us tell you what are r-controlled vowels. Then we will practice identifying the sound with a cute flower r-controlled activity. Simply grab the free flower template printable and you are ready to play and learn to read and spell!
This r-controlled vowel sort is perfect for saying and matching sounds without having to read. When working with a child with learning delays, you learn the importance of review. You quickly realize that just because it has been “learned” once, it will always be learned. And this month, both her speech teacher and her reading teacher noticed that she was struggling with making and reading the r sounds. It often amazes me that what she struggles to say, she often struggles to read.
Though we have done many, many r-controlled activities in the past, she was struggling to remember which sounds these letters make and even pronounce them.I wanted to create an activity that would take the reading out of it, but force her to say these r-controlled vowel sounds over and over, and match them to just two letters. This is where the r-controlled vowel sort came in.
R-controlled vowels or sometimes known as the bossy r, are syllable types where the vowel sound is not heard. The vowel will be followed by a “r”, and it will not make the short vowel sound or the long vowel sound. You really only hear the r sound.
There are five different r-controlled vowel sounds, with three of them making the same sound.
Then we jump into the three that sound the same. They all make the sound that you hear in the word her.
Grab some scissors, and before long you will have an activity you can use over and over again.
Now it is time to play with these sounds. I recommend not doing the “er”, “ur”, or “ir” at the same time unless you want to focus on spelling. Since my goal was to work on the sounds of the r-controlled vowels, I didn’t want to add that factor to it.
First, I put out three stems. We practiced saying the sounds of each flower.
Next, I handed her a petal. I would say the name of the picture and have her repeat the word after me. This allowed us to get in some speech practice with her hearing me model it and then allowing her to imitate me.
Then we would say the sounds of each of the r-controlled vowels, and she would decide where to place the petal.
Sometimes, I would have to say the name of the picture and emphasize the r-controlled vowel sound to help her hear the sound and find the match.
By the time all the petals were placed on the flowers, we had lots of speech practice and lots of opportunity to practice what each sound the r-controlled vowels made.
The r-controlled vowel sort was a fun, laid-back activity that packed a big punch.
The r controlled words in this phonics activity are:
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