clay day

Clay Day
Target text


Read and write words that end with the long a vowel pattern -ay.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • clay
  • play
  • away
  • stay
  • spray
  • today
  • display


  • Clay
  • Trays
  • Spray bottle
  • Rag
  • Coin graphics*
  • Sentences strips*
  • Clay Day target text*
  • Clay Play target text*

*Items included below

State and Model the Objective
The children will play with clay and then read and write words that end with -ay, such as spray, stay, pay, may, and day.  

Literacy Activities
Play with clay

  • Explain that today is “Clay Day!”
  • Give each child a coin from the coin graphic and let them pretend to pay for a piece of clay and a tray.
  • Allow the children to play with the clay.
  • Hold the sentence strips up one at a time and encourage the children to perform the actions specified in the sentences:
    • Play with clay today.
    • Make the clay sway.
    • Lay the clay on the tray.
    • Stick the clay on the tray so it stays.
    • Spray the clay.
    • Spray the tray.
    • Display the clay (hold it up for all to see).
    • Put the clay away.
  • When it’s time to put the clay away, allow each child to use the spray bottle to spray the remaining clay off the tray.
  • Have each child put his or her tray away.

More Practice 
Read target words in texts

  • Read the Clay Day target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
  • Have the children make a list of the words that end with -ay.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the Clay Play text.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Let the children write -ay words in clay (e.g., clay, tray, sway, stay, may, pay, way, and spray).
  • Invite the children to write words that end in -ay from dictation. 
  • Let the children write about what they did during the activity using some of these words.
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SEEL Target Texts

Clay Day

We got to play with clay and make it sway on a tray. 
We got to lay the clay on the tray and display the clay.
When we finished, we had to put the clay away. 
Then, we had to spray the tray and put it away.

Clay Play

I will play with clay.
My clay is gray.
I will play with gray clay.
My gray clay is on a tray.
Lay your clay on your tray.
Spray your gray clay.
Display your gray clay. 
Now let’s play.
Now let’s play with gray clay on a tray.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.