These long vowel A activities will help your young readers practice working with words with ai, ay, and a_e long vowel patterns.
Print these two literacy centers for your kindergarten, first grade, and second grader readers to help them practice reading and spelling long vowel a words.
Long Vowel A Activities
Once your children have learned the alphabet and can read or sound out CVC words, it’s time to move on to more complex skills such as long vowel patterns.
Teaching the A_E Pattern
“A” has several long vowel patterns. One is the “a_e” pattern. This one is the easiest to start with when you turn a CVC word into a long vowel word by adding silent “e” to the end. For example, you can turn man to mane or tap to tape by adding an e to the end of the word.
The Long A Puzzles in today’s freebie help children become familiar with this pattern.
Print the puzzles on cardstock and laminate them before cutting them apart. Then, have children identify the picture and match it to the Long A word to complete the puzzle.
Teaching the AI/AY Patterns
In addition to the a_e pattern, the long a sound can be made with ai and ay.
Oftentimes, the ay pattern is found at the end of the word such as in tray and play.
The ai pattern is often found in the middle of a word such as in train and waist.
These “oftentimes” are just observations not rules.
The sorting activity in this freebie will help children identify words with ai and ay patterns.
Print the pages on cardstock and laminate for durability. Have students sort the cards according to their long a pattern. There are two sets of cards – one set includes the word, the other set does not.
BOOKS TO TEACH LONG VOWEL SOUNDS
Fill your book basket with a great collection of long vowel picture books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
• Now I Can Read! Long Vowel Sounds – Are you looking for a simple story book for your beginner reader? This book is a collection of 5 short & silly stories (10 pages and 10 illustrations each), focusing on the long vowel sounds. Contents include: Book 1: Brave Dave – long “a” Book 2: Pete and Irene – long “e” Book 3: I am Five – long “i” Book 4: Roses – long “o” Book 5: Flutes – long “u”.
• The Nice Mice in the Rice – Come along with me and learn all about reading! Brian P. Cleary’s wacky sentences and Jason Miskimins’s colorful art will make phonics fun!
• Bob Books: Long Vowels – Bob Books Set 5 – Long Vowels introduces the important new skills of long vowels and the magical silent e. These two new concepts stimulate your reader by opening the door to longer stories and more complex spellings.
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