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?
A Day to Buy Hay Together
Bay and Gray—Kinds of Horses
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