stay away, blue jay

Stay Away, Blue Jay

Stay Away, Blue Jay
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • day
  • lay
  • say
  • way
  • away
  • stay


  • Picture of a blue jay* 
  • Picture of a gray bird* 
  • Picture of a fountain*  
  • Picture of a nest*  
  • Straw or string 
  • Egg word-cards* 
  • Go Away, Blue Jay! target text*

*Items included below. 

State and Model the Objective
The children will keep a blue jay away from a gray bird’s nest and will read and write words that end with  -ay, such as away, stay, play, spray, may, and day.

Literacy Activities
Tell a blue jay to stay away

  • Show the children a picture of a blue jay and explain to the children that blue jays sometimes steal eggs from other birds’ nests.
  • Read the Go Away, Blue Jay! target text (found below) with the children.
  • Have the children act out the text using photographs and the pictures found below.
  • Let the children make a “Go away!” sign and hold up the sign while they chase the blue jay away.

Gather eggs with -ay words

  • Place the egg word-cards (found below) around the room.
  • Have the children build a nest with pretend hay (straw or string).
  • Let the children gather the word cards and have them read the words.
  • Let the children put the cards in the nest made of hay.

More Practice 
Read target words in texts 

  • Engage the children in reading the Go Away, Blue Jay! target text with you.
  • Have the children make a list of the words that end with -ay.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Let the children write words from dictation (e.g., away, stay, clay, day, lay, clay, gray, spray, may, pay, say, way, sway). 
  • Have the children write about chasing a blue jay away from the gray bird’s nest of hay and letting the gray bird stay.
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SEEL Target Texts

Go Away, Blue Jay!

One day I saw a gray bird making a nest with hay.
The gray bird wanted to lay an egg in that nest of hay.
The next day I saw a blue jay.
The blue jay wanted to steal the nest of hay.
That day I told the blue jay to stay away.
I told the blue jay to stay away from the nest of hay.
I told the blue jay to fly far away.
The blue jay did fly away.
The blue jay found a new place to stay.
The blue jay went to play in a fountain’s spray.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.