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Using Mrs. Wishy-Washy to Teach Vowels—with FREE Download!

This is a guest post by blogger Laureen. If you like what you see here, you can check out her blog,   Teach with Laughter , for more of her writing.

Hi there! It’s Laureen again,  excited to share with you an activity you can use with many of the Mrs. Wishy-Washy books. If you look at my past posts, you’ll see that I am a huge Mrs. Wishy-Washy fan!

While reading one of the  Joy Cowley’s Early Birds  books,  Wishy-Washy Ice Cream , I thought about the long and short vowels in the title and that my students needed some practice differentiating the two. I made two headers one that reads long vowels and the other short vowels. Then I created some picture cards that can be printed out, cut apart and sorted as seen on this student instruction card.

I keep this instruction card at the literacy center to remind students what they should be doing.

Since I am usually doing guided reading with another group while students are working on word work, I like to include a recording page so I can check for understanding and keep students accountable for their work.

I hope you and your students enjoy this activity and if you don’t have any books from  Joy Cowley Early Birds  in your classroom, be sure to check them out. I think they’re a must for every classroom!


Laureen is a first-grade teacher in Canada. She has been teaching kindergarten and grade one for more than twenty years.   Laureen loves to make learning fun and you can find her at her blog,   Teach With Laughter .


To learn more about Joy Cowley Early Birds , click the series highlights image below to download information sheets with key features .   To get today's free activity download, click the image to the right below!