A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y


R-controlled vowels

The letter r can change the sound of a vowel that comes before it.  Children and educators sometimes refer to this as "Bossy R". (Blivens, 2006)

This video gives examples of the way the letter r changes the sound of vowels.

Here is a fun music video for "Bossy R"

Activities for r-controlled vowels

Traditional activities such as word sorts, flashcards, concentration, word searches, and matching are great for emphasizing r-controlled vowels.  Visit the Carl's Corner website for these activities and print offs.


Online games with r-controlled vowels