Syllables: vowel and consonant patterns

Teaching point - learning to spell Sometimes, if a word has more than one syllable, the number of consonants between the vowels can tell us how we should say the word.

think back to spelling teaching Remember the difference between long and short vowels:

Short vowels are heard at the beginning of these words:

Difference between long and short vowels
alligator
Difference between long and short vowels
engine
Difference between long and short vowels
insect
Difference between long and short vowels
octopus
Difference between long and short vowels
umbrella

Long vowels are heard at the beginning of these words:

Difference between long and short vowels
ape
Difference between long and short vowels
evening
Difference between long and short vowels
ice-cream
Difference between long and short vowels
oval
Difference between long and short vowels
unicorn

You will hear that you are saying the letter name of the vowel.

Look at the words in this table and read them aloud:

fatter
better
dinner
rocket
supper
later Peter diner broken super

When the vowels are separated by two consonants, the first vowel sound is short.

When the vowels are separated by one consonant, the first vowel sound is long.

Learn the Words:
Study this word list 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check' spelling exercise English spelling games spelling test

Now have a go with these. Remember to look at the number of consonants first.

Is the first vowel sound long or short?

Select long or short:

dagger long
short
fatal long
short
zero long
short
better long
short
ticker long
short
icon long
short
focus long
short
bottom long
short
music long
short
public long
short

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