During our Word Work lesson this week, we learned that when a vowel is closed in by a consonant (a consonant comes after the vowel), it makes it's short/scared sound (it does not say it's name). Example of the short vowel sounds are /a/ in "cat," /i/ in "pick," /o/ in "lot," /u/ in "pluck," and /e/ in "pet." If there is another vowel next to or near by, it has a buddy and is no longer scared, so the vowel will say it's name. 1. Read through all of the words provided at the bottom of the template. 2. Categorize them by putting words that have similar patterns into groups. What patterns do you notice? 3. Label each group at the top by their spelling pattern. Click on the green boxes to re-label them. 4. Record and read through the words in your new categories. Challenge: Insert your own short vowel words into the correct categories.