ALEX Learning Activity

  

Reading and Writing Words With Vowel Teams

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Ginger Henderson
System:Monroe County
School:Excel High School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2387
Title:
Reading and Writing Words With Vowel Teams
Digital Tool/Resource:
Vowel Team Ai, Ay Scoot Game
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

In this learning activity, the teacher will provide instruction on the vowel team conventions for representing the long vowel a sound. The students will use picture clues to determine words with long a spelled ai or ay and write the words using the correct vowel team. Students will then participate in a read and roll activity to practice reading words with long a vowel teams ai and ay.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
21 ) Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes). [RF.1.2]

a. Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words. [RF.1.2a]

b. Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends. [RF.1.2b]

c. Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words. [RF.1.2c]

d. Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes). [RF.1.2d]

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words. 

Students will be able to orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes) including consonant blends.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

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.

  • hay
  • paint
  • rain
  • pay
  • aim
  • ray
  • train
  • say

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.

Assessment Strategies:

Observe students' performance as they progress through the scoot and the roll and read activities in order to judge mastery. Mastery is achieved when students reach 80% accuracy or better in reading words with the long a vowel teams ai and ay.


Advanced Preparation:

Make at least one copy of the pictures from Vowel Team Ai, Ay Scoot Game and post the pictures around the room. Make one copy of Vowel Teams -ai and -ay Roll, Read and Color Freebie for each student in the group/class. If desired, make note cards to be used in the lesson: hay, paint, rain, pay, aim, ray, train, say.

Variation Tips (optional):
 
Notes or Recommendations (optional):

This lesson may be utilized for whole or small group instruction.

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: long a, multisensory, phonics, reading, small group, vowel teams, whole group