Pay for Hay in May
- Real coins or pictures of coins*
- Brown paper
- Word cards containing -ay*
- May I Pay? target text*
- Bay and Gray—Kinds of Horses target text*
- A Day to Buy Hay Together target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
The children will pay for hay and then read and write words that end with -ay, such as say, day, bay, may, and gray.
Pay for hay
- Have the children help you cut the brown paper into thin strips to look like hay.
- Read the May I Pay? target text (found below).
- Invite the children to act out the text with the coins (real or pictures found below) and hay:
- Pretend to have the children pay to get some hay.
- Have the children ask, “May I pay?”
- Let the children exchange money for hay.
Find words in hay
- Bury the -ay word cards (found below) in strips of paper hay.
- Have the children dig through the hay to find the word cards.
- Have the children read the words on the cards.
- Point out that all of the words are spelled with the long a spelled -ay.
Read target texts
- Engage the children in reading the Bay and Gray—Kinds of Horses target text (found below) with you.
- Have the children make a list of the words that end with -ay.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Engage the children in reading the A Day to Buy Hay Together target text (found below), fading support.
Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Let the children write words from dictation (e.g., hay, stay, clay, day, lay, clay, gray, may, pay, say, way, sway).
- Have the children write about paying for hay (e.g., “I can pay to buy hay. I buy hay in May.”).
SEEL Target Texts
May I Pay?
I want to buy hay.
The farmer has hay.
I have money to pay for hay.
I can pay to buy hay.
I ask the farmer, “May I pay for hay?”
The farmer says, “You may!”
I pay the farmer and get some hay.
Yay! My horses will have hay today.
A Day to Buy Hay Together
On a day in May, I went to get some hay.
I had to drive a very long way.
I loaded the hay and then went to pay.
I wanted to stay, but I had no time to play.
I had to get back to horses who need hay today.
My horses eat hay every day.
Bay and Gray—Kinds of Horses
I have two horses.
I have a bay and a gray horse.
May I tell you about my bay and gray horse?
My gray horse has a gray coat.
My bay horse has a brown coat.
My gray horse has a white mane and tail.
My bay horse has a black mane and tail.
Both my bay horse and my gray horse eat hay.
That’s the way I feed my bay and gray horses—I give them hay.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Pay for Hay in May