1. Explain to students that sometimes two vowels work together to make only one vowel sound. Tell students that we call these vowels "vowel teams" because they work together in words. Explain that in this lesson they will be learning about the vowel teams ai and ay.
2. Write the vowel teams ai and ay on the board. Point to the ai and make the sound for long a. Then have each student touch the ai and produce the long a sound. Repeat the process with the vowel team ay.
3. Write the following words on note cards or on the board. Have students decode the words and identify whether the long a sound is spelled with the vowel team ai or ay.
4. Tell students that we can listen to the sounds of vowel teams in words. Place pictures from the Vowel Team Ai, Ay Scoot Game tool around the classroom. Give each student a notebook/pencil or whiteboard/marker to use as they visit each picture in the room. Explain that students should visit each picture, whisper the word, break the word into sounds, and write the word on his or her notebook/whiteboard. Tell students they will have 60 seconds* to write the word and show their answer before having to "scoot" to the next picture. Students may work individually or in small group teams.
*Note: Any increment of time may be used based on student need.
Use a timer to time students as they progress through the activity. When the allotted time has expired, have students hold up their notebooks/whiteboards for teacher review. If errors are present, provide a quick reteach by breaking the word into phonemes for the student and having the student write each sound, being sure to include ai or ay for the long vowel a.
5. To culminate, give each student a copy of the digital tool Vowel Teams -ai and -ay Roll, Read and Color Freebie. Roll a die or use an online dice roller. Have students whisper read the word that matches each roll of the die. Then give a signal and have the students choral read the word aloud.