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Learn to Read Stories: Short Vowels

The short vowel sounds are the A in "cat," the E in "pet," the I in "sit," the O in "hot" and the U in "up." Usually, short vowels have simple spellings. Note: "fur" can be taught as a short U sound or as a combination with R. The U in "up" is the easiest sound to make in our language, so it can also be considered an almost absent sound.

Grizzly Bear



1. This grizzly bear.

2. He has a fish.

3. It is a silver fish.

4. He is standing on rock.

5. He has a big tummy.

6. He has fur all over his body.

7. There is one more bear in the picture.

8. This bear's eyes are shut.

9. She is napping.

10. The rocks and the bears are in a zoo.

Answer the questions:

1. What does the grizzly bear have?

2. Where is the bear standing?

3. What does the bear look like?

4. What is the other bear doing?

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