Vowels to the Rescue
Digital PDF activity sheets with playable MP3 audio files. For use on all capable computers, whiteboards, tablets and mobile devices.
Average working time 20 minutes per lesson.
Swim through the sea of phonics instruction with 12 lessons that concentrate on the long and short sounds of the vowels. Lively audio introductions set the stage for the vowel sound to be studied. Dramatization and humorous story-lines heighten interest. Students are guided through written exercises grouped around specific vowel sounds, while enjoying Skill-building games, rhymes, puzzles and secret messages. Self-directing/Self-correcting lessons provide for individualized or small group instruction.
Vowels to the Rescue is a multimedia self-directing, self correcting series of 12 lessons designed to supplement and individualize reading instruction for students in grades 2 through 4 but may be used for older students as well. The program concentrates on the long and short sounds of the vowels. Each of 12 specific lessons employs audio and three reproducible activity sheets. This combination of media allows students to work independently with the audio providing an external support system enabling students to discriminate the vowel sounds and to use vowel letters to build words. Students also gain practice with vowel digraphs and phonograms.
Each audio-directed lesson begins with a lively introduction setting the stage for the vowel sound to be studied. Special effects and lively dramatizations featuring humorous story characters are used to heighten students' interest in the material to be learned. The audio narrator then guides the students through written exercises on the response sheets. Games, rhymes, puzzles, secret messages, and illustrations are just a few of the ideas used to create interest in the lessons.
Most exercises are grouped around a specific vowel sound so that students may practice recognizing words that contain that vowel sound. Although the program is designed to be used in second through fourth grade, it can be a valuable tool in remedial work at higher grade levels. Because of the individual response times necessary to complete the exercises on the activity sheets, Vowels to the Rescue lessons can be used most effectively on an individual basis. However, the program may be used by small groups of students who are performing at approximately the same reading level.
Every effort has been made to make all elements of the program enjoyable to students. All lessons are self-directing and self-correcting, which allows students to work through the lessons at an independent rate and to evaluate their performances privately.