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CVC Sounds: The Middle Vowel

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What is a Medial (or Middle) Sound?

In this video we learn about CVC words, or consonant-vowel-consonant words, but what does that mean exactly? CVC words are special words made up of three letters, a consonant, a vowel, and another consonant!

CVC Middle Sounds

What is medial vowel? You might already know that medial vowel sounds include the letters, A, E, I, O and, U. Consonants are every other letter of the alphabet that is NOT a vowel. When we talk about the middle sound of a CVC word, we mean the letters in between the first and last letter. CVC words usually make short vowel sounds, or short medial vowel sounds because they are being hugged by the last consonant.

CVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

The word C U T is a CVC word with an example of medial vowel sound. To find the medial short vowel sounds, or middle vowel in a CVC word,

  • First say the word out loud

  • Next, touch and say each sound we hear

  • Then, we name the vowel we hear in the middle

  • Finally, we write that vowel sound in its place.

Examples of CVC Words

Take a look at the following CVC word with the missing middle vowel sound, can you figure out the vowel sound and what the word is?

Remember to say what you think the word is first. Then, sound out each letter of the word and fill in the blank for the vowel sound.

The vowel here is ă which makes the short vowel sound. The word here is cat!

Let’s try one more! Which vowel sound is shown in this word? Can you tell what the word is?

Remember to say what you think the word is first. Then, sound out each letter of the word and fill in the blank for the vowel sound.

The vowel sound in this word is ŭ which makes the short vowel sound. The word here is bug!

Summary: CVC Words with Medial Short Vowel Sounds

  • First say the word out loud

  • Next, touch and say each sound we hear

  • Then, we name the vowel we hear in the middle

  • Finally, we write that vowel sound in its place.

Practice

Have you practiced yet? On this website, you can also find CVC worksheet middle sounds and exercises.

Transcript CVC Sounds: The Middle Vowel

Dee and Kala are packing lunches for their hike today. They’re making sandwiches… sandwiches that is! They have all the consonant ‘bread’ laid out, but are having trouble determining which vowel spreads to use. Let's help them by learning about ... "CVC Words: The Middle Vowel." A CVC word is a special kind of word made up of... THREE letters that follow the same pattern each time... A consonant, (...) a vowel, (...) and a consonant. Consonants and vowels are the names for the two types of letters in the alphabet. Vowels are the letters , , , , and . Consonants are all the other letters that are NOT vowels. When we say MIDDLE vowel, we are talking about the sound the letter makes in between the first and last letters... kind of like the spread in the MIDDLE of a sandwich. In words,VOWELS usually make a SHORT sound... like /ӑ/ add (...) /ě/ egg (...) /ĭ/ igloo (...) /ŏ/ olive (...) or /ŭ/ umbrella... because they're being hugged by the last consonant. But how do we figure out the middle vowel? Let's look at this first sandwich with the NUT spread. The middle letter is missing! To figure it out... first, we say the whole word aloud: (...) NUT! Next, touch and say EACH sound we hear: /n/ (...) /u/ (...) /t/. Then, we name the VOWEL we hear in the middle ... what says /uh/? (...) says the short sound /uh/. So finally, we write the letter in the middle. spells NUT! Here's the sandwich with (...) JAM. But the middle vowel is missing again! First, we say the word aloud (...) JAM. Next, we touch and say EACH sound we hear: /j/ (...) /a/ (...) /m/. Then, we name the VOWEL we hear in the middle ... What letter says /a/? … says the short sound /a/. So, we write here where it belongs! spells JAM! Can you finish the last sandwich? This one is FIG ... and the middle letter is still missing. Let's figure out what it is! First, say the word aloud... FIG Can you touch and say EACH sound you hear in fig? ... /F/ (...) /i/ (...) /g/. What letter says /i/ in FIG? … says the short sound /i/ in fig. So, write in the middle! spells FIG! As Dee and Kala finish packing their lunches, let's remember! Today we learned about the middle vowel in a word. A CVC word is a special kind of word that is made up of three letters: a Consonant- a Vowel-and a Consonant. When we say MIDDLE vowel, we are talking about the sound the letter makes in between the first and last letters... To figure out the middle letter of a CVC word: First, we say the word aloud. Next, we touch and say each sound we hear. Then, we name the VOWEL we hear making the short sound in the middle ... Finally, we write that vowel letter in its place. Just as Dee and Kala sit down to enjoy their sandwiches, they hear a noise coming from the bushes! "Dee, what is that? Do something!" "Here, take our third sandwich...It tastes way better than we do!" [We see sandwich lands in bushes, and a super cute friendly bear pops out of the bush, excited about the yummy sandwich thats on top for her!]