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Vowel Teams are the sixth syllable type we will discuss.
Vowel Teams are letter combinations that include at least one vowel. For example, the /ay/ in the first syllable, and the /ea/ in the second syllable of the word “daydream” each make a vowel team.
There are some distinctions among vowel teams. They are:
- Vowel Digraphs are two vowels together that make one sound, such as ee in beet.
- Vowel Diphthongs occur when one vowel sound glides into another, such as oi in toil.
- Vowel Teams can consist of different letter combinations/not all vowels, such as igh in light or ow in cow.
For simplicity, I teach two vowels side by side using the phrase, “Vowel Teams,” rather than the more technical terms above. Teaching vowel teams is fundamental in teaching reading. I will discuss more in next post.
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Continuing on with the six syllable types…
- Have a single vowel followed by an r.
- -ar, -er, -ir, -or, and –ur.
- The vowel before the vowel is neither long nor short.
If you have been teaching for a bit, you may have heard simple words with this syllable type as having a “bossy r.” This is because the r controls the vowel. R-controlled syllables can be part of multisyllabic words.
Some examples are:
ar: car, far, tar, star, car·pet, mar·ket
er: her, hy·per,
ir: firm, bird, dirt
or: born, torn, worn, for·get
ur: turn, churn, sur·vey
These words are often best taught together, and in context. For example, students need to know the meaning of fur versus fir.
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I hope you all have had a great winter break and are ready for school to start back up.
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