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Learn English Story: The Elephant

Practice short vowel sounds with this story. The short vowel sounds are the A in "cat," the E in "pet," the I in "sit," the O in "hot" and the U in "up." Usually, short vowels have simple spellings.


1. This is an elephant.

2. He has a long trunk.

3. He has long tusks.

4. He lives at a zoo in California.

5. With his tusks, he can dig for roots.

6. With his trunk, he grabs plants.

7. He has thick, gray skin.

8. When he runs, he stomps on the ground.

Answer the questions:

1. Does the elephant have short tusks?

2. Does the elephant have a long trunk?

3. What can he do with his trunk?

4. What does he do when he runs?

See answers below.


1. No. He has long tusks.
2. Yes, he does.
3. He grabs plants.
4. He stomps on the ground.

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