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Does it say -at or -ay?
Students will be able to identify and spell words in the -ay family.
- Review the vowels using the the vowel song projected on the board.
- When the song is finished, tell the class that today you will be focusing on the long a sound.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Explain that today you will be learning about a new word family. Explain or review how a Word familyWorks. Remind students that the ending sound stays the same but the beginning sound changes to make a new word.
- Demonstrate changing the first letter in the -at family and tell students that the a in -at makes the short a sound.
- Write -ay up on the board and explain that when you put the letters a and y together, they make one sound, the long a sound.
- Add the letters p and l to the beginning of -ay and say, “Now this says the word ‘play.’ Can you think of any other words that end in -ay?”
Guided practise(10 minutes)
- Practise reading and writing several -ay family words as a class by having students think of a word and writing the first letter (or letters) on the board and you write the ending.
- Repeat this process with -at family words.
- Remind students that the a in -at makes the short sound and the a in -ay says “a” like the letter name.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Students will complete the My -at and -ay Word Family Houses worksheet independently.
- Encourage students to think about additional -ay and -at words to add to their houses.
Enrichment: Have advanced students come up with additional -ay and -at words and make a sentence using them. They can also create another word family house if time permits.
- Support: Invite struggling students to use an index card with -ay and -at written on them and alphabet cards (a, b, c) or beginning blends to change the beginning sound and make new words.
- Collect the student worksheets and assess whether students were able to accurately sort the words into the correct houses.
- Ask students to say an -at or -ay family word as their exit ticket before the next activity.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Go over the -ay and -at words and write them on class reference charts.
- Remind students of the short/long vowel sounds and ask them to think of ways they can remember to try both sounds in a word.