Here is a great game to play for identifying the vowel in a CVC word.

  • Each child has a laminated strip of vowels and a clothespin.
  • I say a CVC word like “cat.”
  • The children listen and then put their clothespin on the vowel they hear in the CVC word.

What is so great about this game is that you can have the children hold up their strips and you can quickly check and see who is “getting it.”  And best of all, it is fun!

Here is a download of vowel strips:


Here is a Vowel family song from Dr. Jean:
(BINGO song tune)
Aunt Aggie had an allergy
and she would always sneeze-o (pretend to sneeze)
/a/a/a/a/a/   /a/a/a/a/a/    /a/a/a/a/a/
And she would always sneeze-o.

Grandpa Eddie stayed in shape
and he would always exercise-o (pretend to lift weights)
/e/e/e/e/e/  /e/e/e/e/e/    /e/e/e/e/e/
He liked to exercise-o

Baby Izzi had chicken pox
and she would always itch-o (scratch body)
/i/i/i/i/i/  /i/i/i/i/i/   /i/i/i/i/i/
And she would always itch-o

Cousin Otto's throat was sore
And this is what he'd say-o (put hand on throat)
/o/o/o/o/o/  /o/o/o/o/o/  /o/o/o/o/o/
And this is what he'd say-o

Uncle Unk wore underwear
and it did stink-o (hold nose)
/u/u/u/u/u/  /u/u/u/u/u/  /u/u/u/u/u/
And it did stink-o.