Long vowel sound ‘a’- ‘ai’ and ‘ay’

Long vowel sound ‘a’- ‘ai’ and ‘ay’

In this post, I will be sharing free worksheets for ‘long vowel a.’ There are 3 sets to be downloaded and 18 worksheets in all for ai and ay words.

 

a     e     i      o      u.

These are the five vowels in the English language. But they represent a variety of sounds. To master these vowel sounds, first and foremost we have to learn the difference between a short vowel and long vowel sounds. We have already covered the short vowels. Today, we shall discuss long vowels which are relatively easier for children to learn compared to short vowels.

What is a long vowel?

A long vowel is used to refer to a sound whose pronunciation is the same as its letter name. Long vowel sounds are also called ‘alphabet sounds.’

They are called long sounds because we hold them longer than short vowel sounds. But long vowels are not a longer version of short vowels. Long and short sounds are completely different from each other.

Let’s take an example. Hear the sound of the vowel ‘a’ in the word pan. It is the short vowel /a/.

Now hear the ‘ai’ in the word pain. It makes the alphabet sound of the alphabet ‘a.’

Both sounds are completely different from each other. If you stretch the ‘a’ in pan, you do not get the ‘ai’ in pain.

Hear the ‘a’ in apple. Now hear  ‘ay’ in clay. Apple has the short ‘a’ and clay has the long ‘a’ sound.

Now hear the ‘a’ in the word ‘mat.’ It is a short sound. Now hear it in the word ‘mate.’ The sound of ‘a’ is the same as its letter name which is the long vowel a sound.

Let me share a few more examples.

short vowel              long vowel

bat                            bait

man                         main

clam                         clay

mad                         maid, made

fad                            fade

cam                          came

 

 

long vowel a sound anchor chart for kindergarten and first grade                                                                                    /ai/ and /ay/ anchor chart



 

Today we will be covering long vowel a sound, ‘ai’ and ‘ay’.

‘ai’ and ‘ay’ have two vowels coming together to make one sound. It is also known as ‘vowel combination.’ Often in vowel combinations, the first letter has a long sound and the second is silent. See ‘ai’ and ‘ay’. In ‘ai’, the first letter ‘a’ makes the long vowel sound, and the second letter ‘i’ is silent. Similarly with ‘ay’, the first letter ‘a’ makes the letter sound, and the second letter ‘y’ is silent.

I will be sharing three sets in this post. The first set is for the long a sound ‘ai.’

 

 

 

ai words list worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



The first worksheet is reading and coloring ‘long a sound words’ with the ‘ai’ sound. Instead of the complete word, make your child color only the ‘ai’ sound of the word. It helps register the sound better.

 

ai words with pictures worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



The next worksheet is a cut and paste worksheet. Cut the picture tiles and let your child read the words and paste the pictures under the correct word.

 

long a sound words for kindergarten



In the above worksheet, fill the ‘ai’ sound and read the ‘long a sound words.’

 

long a sound jolly phonics ai words worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



 

In this worksheet, read the word bank which has simple ‘ai’ words. Then see the pictures and write the word in four lines.

 

long a sound ai sentences worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



The next worksheet has simple sentences that will give the child reading practice. The child has to complete the sentence by using one of the words in the bracket. Use the word which makes more sense in the sentence.

 

 

long vowel ai puzzles worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



The last worksheet of this set is a cut and paste activity sheet.

 

 

long vowel puzzles worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



Cut the worksheet into six parts as shown above.

jolly phonics long vowel worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



Now cut along the dotted line but do not mix the words. Give your child parts of a single word at a time and let her make a picture and read the word.

 

ai word jail worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



Once the child has formed the word, let her stick it in the notebook and write a simple sentence using that word.

long vowel words worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



Once the pictures are dry, go ahead and color. These simple worksheets will give your child enough practice for long vowel ‘ai.’

 

 

long a sound ai worksheets for kindergarten and first grade



The second set which I will be sharing is for long vowel ‘ay.’

 

ay words list worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



Read ‘ay’ words.

Please note that we write ‘ay’ when long vowel sound ‘a’ is the last sound of a one-syllable word.

 

long a sound ay words with pictures worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



Cut the pictures and paste them under the correct words.

 

long a sound ay words phonics list worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



Write ‘ay’ in the space to complete the words.

 

ai words phonics worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



Let’s write simple ‘ay’ words.

 

ai sentences worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



Complete the sentence using one of the words in the bracket.

 

jolly phonics ay words worksheet for kindergarten and first grade



Cut the pictures and let your child join the tiles in order to make a picture. Stick the pictures in the notebook. Remember to make your child write simple sentences for each word.

e.g. The hen lays eggs.

I sat on a stack of hay.

It is Sunday. Yay!

 

long vowel ay worksheets for kindergarten and first grade



The ‘ay words’ pack is a subscriber freebie.

long a words ai ay with pictures for kindergarten and first grade
Do not forget to download these free long a sound words flashcards. These work well especially as a special education resource.

The third resource that I will be sharing is for long a sound words – ai and ay words together.

 

 

long vowel a words list for kindergarten and first grade

 



 

Read the ‘long a sound words‘ and highlight the long vowel sound.

 

 

word sort long vowel a words for kindergarten and first grade

 



 

Cut the long vowel a words tiles and paste them in the correct box.

 

 

long vowel a ai ay cut and paste worksheet

 



 

Cut the pictures and stick under the correct long vowel a words.

 

long vowel a ai words ay words worksheet for kindergarten and first grade

 



 

Complete the long vowel words using ai or ay. Remember when the last sound you hear in a one-syllable word is ‘a,’ you write ‘ay.’

 

long vowel a words worksheet for ai ay for kindergarten and first grade

 



 

Read the long vowel words in the word bank and write the ai and ay word next to its picture.

 

long a sentences worksheet for kindergarten and first grade

 



 

Cut the tiles and use them to complete the sentences above. You can also write the words.

This pack is free for subscribers to download.