R-Controlled Vowels Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about r-controlled vowels and their sounds with this lesson plan. Students use our lesson to review long and short vowels before learning about the r-controlled sounds and spellings. Play a game for guided learning.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify long and short vowel sounds and spellings
  • speak, write, and identify r-controlled sounds


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson What Are R-Controlled Vowels?, one for each student
  • Chart paper and marker for an anchor chart
  • Whiteboards and markers
  • Cube templates copied onto paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Colored pencils

Key Vocabulary

  • Phonemes
  • Long vowels
  • Short vowels
  • R-controlled vowels

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3

Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3.a

Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3.e

Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Distribute the lesson What Are R-Controlled Vowels? and read the first section 'Sounding Out Vowels' with students.
  • Practice identifying individual phonemes in words by looking at the long and short-word vowel charts and clapping each phoneme in the words with students. For example, the word 'ape' has two phonemes - long /a/ and the consonant /p/ as the /e/ is silent.
  • As you review each phoneme, review the short and long vowel sounds.
  • Play a game to review long and short vowels by having all students stand up next to their seats. Say a word with either a long or short vowel and ask students to make an 'L' with their arms for a long vowel and an 'S' for short.
  • Students who are incorrect can sit down if you'd like to make the game competitive, or simply play for practice and fun.

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