Elementary English Language Arts
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Lower Elementary
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Education Standards

Short and Long Vowel Sounds

Short and Long Vowel Sounds


This lesson is designed for first grade students. Students will create videos using Adobe Spark to demonstrate their understanding of long and short vowel sounds. 


Students will create presentations in Adobe Spark about long and short vowel sounds. This lesson is designed for first graders. It is designed to be broken up into two 20-30 minute lessons. 

Background for Teachers

To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of how to create videos in Adobe Spark. This quick tutorial can help: Adobe Spark Tutorial


Student Prior Knowledge

Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of long and short vowel sounds. They will also need to understand how to use Adobe Spark. 

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Learning Intentions:

  • Students will be able to understand that vowels have two different sounds.
  • Students will be able to identify each short and long vowel sound. 

Success Criteria:

  • Students will identify an object that has each short and long vowel sound.
  • Students will create narrated videos in Adobe Spark showing their understanding of the different vowel sounds. 

Instructional Procedures

Day 1:

1. Remind students that we have been learning all of the long and short vowel sounds. Remind them of the picture sort they did in small groups. 

2. Have students complete the Nearpod Lesson about vowel sounds as a review. 

2. Tell students that they will be creating videos in Adobe Spark to show what they know about the vowel sounds. 

3. Show students the example video

4. Have students talk about other objects that have each vowel sound. Make a list of their ideas. 

Day 2: 

1. Remind students of the list of long/short vowel words from Day 1.  

2. Show students how to use Adobe Spark (or review with students if they have already used it). Go over changing theme, music, and how to narrate slides.

3. Pause on the last slide that shows the citations for the pictures used. Tell students that we need to give credit for photos that we use if they do not belong to us. 

4. Tell students they will be making their own videos. 

5. Support students as they create their videos and help them with the citation page. 

6. Once complete, have students present their videos to the class. 


Strategies for Diverse Learners

Students who need more support can be shown picture cards (picture on one side/word on the other sides) of objects for each vowel sound. Help students sort the cards by sound. Students can then use the words on the back of the cards to search for photos online. For students who would benefit from extensions, have them find two digital pictures to include and/or have them type sentences about the pictures they choose. 

Assessment Plan

Students will be pre-assessed to ensure that they can identify the long and short vowel sounds. This will be done in small groups (see attachment). Teacher will observe students as they work to check for understanding. Videos will be assessed using this rubric.