Phonics: Short A

This page contains phonics worksheets and printables for teaching students about the short a vowel sound. Most worksheets on this page align with Common Core Standards CCSS.RF.2.3.a.

Cut & Glue Activities
Cut out the short-A words on the bottom of the worksheet and glue them to the matching picture.
1st and 2nd Grades
Rat, Cat, and Pat is a fully-illustrated mini-book that is easy for emergent readers.
Kindergarten
Color the pictures and cut out the boxes along the dotted lines and use glue or a stapler to attach them to the bigger part of the flip book.
1st and 2nd Grades
Cut the letters and make two short a words: ant and cat.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Cut the letters and make two short a words: mat and hand.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
This phonics pennant activity needs crayons, scissors, glue, and string to complete. There are 13 pennants featuring short-A words that students can make to string up around the classroom.
1st and 2nd Grades
Worksheets
Write the missing letter to complete each short a word. Word list includes: hat, map, rat, fan, bat, bag.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Color only the pictures that have a short A sound in their name on this printable phonics worksheet.
1st Grade
Use an ink dabber or crayons to mark the letters in the words hat, fan, map, and cat.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Find the short-a word in each horizontal set of letters. Words include hat, rat, cap, and cat.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Look carefully at each set of letters and hunt for the given word.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Listen to the short a words that are read by your teacher. Circle the correct words on the page.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Using a pencil to draw lines, match the picture on the left side of the worksheet to the corresponding short-A word on the right side.
1st Grade
Use this primary-ruled worksheet to have your students think up and write down as many short-A words as they can.
1st and 2nd Grades
Circle the six short a words in the box, then write the words in alphabetical order.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Students build basic CVC words with the short a and short e sounds. Words include: jet, pet, pen, pan, fan, can.
Pre-K through 1st Grade
Students write words with the short a and the short o sounds. Words include log, hog, hot, hat, mat, and man.
Pre-K and Grade
Students build three-letter CVC words with the short u and the short a sounds. Words include: rug, bug, bat, rat, hat.
Pre-K through 1st Grade
Have your students us an ink dabber, marker, or crayon to color the words that have the short-a vowel sound on this printable worksheet.
1st Grade
Cut, color, and assemble the letter a crown. This hat features a picture of an acorn, an apple, and an ant.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Grade
This easy-to-read phonics poem has lots of short a words in it, such as cat, fat, glad, mat, tan, bad, and sad.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Color the "Short A" words to reveal a mystery picture. What picture do you see? A bat!
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
Color the apple and the alligator, and the giant letters. Then practice writing the letters A and a.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Find the items in the picture that begin with the letter A.
Pre-K through 1st Grade
Games & Learning Centers
This phonics card game has 36 cards to be cut out (18 word cards and 18 picture cards) highlighting words with the short-A sound in them. Use the cards for memory games, review activities, and more.
1st and 2nd Grades
This printable card activity has twenty-eight picture cards to sort into two groups of words with a short-A sound and words without a short-A sound.
1st and 2nd Grades
This is a phonics printable activity in which students will sort out word cards in groups of words with a short-A sound and words without.
1st and 2nd Grades
This printable phonics activity has 25 word boxes to cut out. Then arrange the words to form sentences, trying to use at least one short-A word in each sentence. On the lines provided, write down the sentences you make.
1st and 2nd Grades
Your students will love practicing Short A words with this whole-class phonics game.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Print and cut out cards in this scavenger hunt activity. Hide the cards featuring words with a short-A sound around your classroom and have your students find them.
1st and 2nd Grades
Word Wheels
Phonics word wheel to spin and read the word: cat, bat, cab, at, mat, bath, last, nap
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
Phonics word wheel: back, black, track, snack, crack, and shack
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Phonics word wheel: glad, mad, sad, dad, and bad
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Spin the circles to make the words: rag, bag, tag, sag, snag, and wag.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
This word wheel has tall, mall, call, ball, fall, and wall
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Spin the circles to make the words: than, pan, can, man, ran, and fan.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Words in the -and family include sand, hand, land, and stand.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Spin to make the words: map, tap, slap, flap, and nap.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Spin the circles to make the words: rat, bat, that, sat, mat, and cat
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Word family word wheel: saw, law, paw, straw, and claw
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
See Also:
Long-A Vowel Sound Worksheets

This link has many printable worksheets to choose from for your students to learn about words with a long-A vowel sound. There are coloring worksheets, cut-and-glue activities, word wheels, writing activities, etc.

Mixed Long-A and Short-A Worksheets

The printable worksheets in this unit have both short-A and long-A words in all of the worksheets so students learn to differentiate between the sounds. Try the cut-and-glue word sort activity, the horizontal word hunt, or listen-and-circle worksheets.

Full Phonics Listing

This page has a huge list of all of our phonics unit all in one place. We have word family units, sight word units, word patterns, vowel digraphs and dipthongs, blends, and much, much, more!

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