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.

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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
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Rat, Cat, and Pat is a fully-illustrated mini-book that is easy for emergent readers.
Kindergarten
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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
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Cut the letters and make two short a words: ant and cat.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Cut the letters and make two short a words: mat and hand.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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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
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Worksheets
Write the missing letter to complete each short a word. Word list includes: hat, map, rat, fan, bat, bag.
Pre-K through 1st Grade
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Color only the pictures that have a short A sound in their name on this printable phonics worksheet.
1st Grade
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Use an ink dabber or crayons to mark the letters in the words hat, fan, map, and cat.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Find the short-a word in each horizontal set of letters. Words include hat, rat, cap, and cat.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Look carefully at each set of letters and hunt for the given word.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Listen to the short a words that are read by your teacher. Circle the correct words on the page.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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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
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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
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Circle the six short a words in the box, then write the words in alphabetical order.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Color the "Short A" words to reveal a mystery picture. What picture do you see? A bat!
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
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Color the apple and the alligator, and the giant letters. Then practice writing the letters A and a.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Find the items in the picture that begin with the letter A.
Pre-K through 1st Grade
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Games & Learning Centers
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
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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
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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
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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
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Your students will love practicing Short A words with this whole-class phonics game.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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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
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Word Wheels and Sliders
Phonics word wheel to spin and read the word: cat, bat, cab, at, mat, bath, last, nap
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
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Phonics word wheel: back, black, track, snack, crack, and shack
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Phonics word wheel: glad, mad, sad, dad, and bad
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Spin the circles to make the words: rag, bag, tag, sag, snag, and wag.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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This word wheel has tall, mall, call, ball, fall, and wall
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Spin the circles to make the words: than, pan, can, man, ran, and fan.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Words in the -and family include sand, hand, land, and stand.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Spin to make the words: map, tap, slap, flap, and nap.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Spin the circles to make the words: rat, bat, that, sat, mat, and cat
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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Word family word wheel: saw, law, paw, straw, and claw
Kindergarten and 1st Grade
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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!