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1.2: Always Vowels

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  • Our alphabet has twenty-six letters. Some are vowels and some are consonants. While many people learn that the standard five letters (<a>, <e>, <i>, <o>, and <u>) are vowels, the four letters that are always used as vowels are <a>, <e>, <i>, and <o>.*

    Note that when we talk about letters, versus sounds, we put them inside pointed brackets, like this:

    <a> <e> <i> <o>

    Examples

    Underline the vowel letters in each word.

    1. itself
    2. join

    Review

    1. Underline the vowel letters in each word as we have done with the examples itself and join. Don't worry about the check marks yet.
      itself √ magic rabbit favor
      join √ bridge asking their
      better knee village often
    2. Now sort the words into these four groups and check them off the list as we have done with itself and join. Be careful: most words go into more than one group.
      vowel <a> vowel <e> vowel <i> vowel <o>
      itself itself join
      join
    3. Fill in the blanks. (Don't forget the pointed brackets!) Four letters that are always vowels are ____, ____, ____, and ____.
    4. Underline each vowel letter.
      above chance height behind
      board whose believe phone
      voted region important government
    5. Now sort the words into these groups and check them off the list.
      vowel <a> vowel <e> vowel <i> vowel <o>
    Show Answer
    1. Underline the vowel letters in each word.
      itself magic rabbit favor
      join bridge asking their
      better knee village often
    2. Now sort the words into these four groups and check them off the list as we have done with itself and join. Be careful: most words go into more than one group.
      vowel <a> vowel <e> vowel <i> vowel <o>
      magic itself itself join
      rabbit better join favor
      asking bridge magic often
      village knee bridge
      favor village rabbit
      their asking
      often village
      their
    3. Fill in the blanks. (Don't forget the pointed brackets!) Four letters that are always vowels are <a>, <e>, <i>, and <o>.
    4. Underline each vowel letter.
      above chance height behind
      board whose believe phone
      voted region important government
    5. Now sort the words into these groups and check them off the list.
      vowel <a> vowel <e> vowel <i> vowel <o>
      above above region above
      board voted height board
      chance chance believe voted
      important whose important whose
      region behind region
      height important
      believe phone
      behind government
      phone
      government
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