Stay Away Blue Jay
Read and write words that end with the long a vowel pattern –ay.
- Blue jay picture (see photograph below)
- Gray bird picture (see photograph below)
- Fountain spray picture (see photograph below)
- Nest picture (see graphic below)
- Straw or string to build a nest made of hay
- Egg word cards (see below)
- Go Away Blue Jay target text (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will help keep a blue jay away from a gray bird’s nest. Point out that jay, gray and away all end in –ay. Tell the children they will read and write words with the long a vowel pattern –ay: away, stay, play, spray, may, day.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Tell a blue jay to stay away
- Show the children a picture of a blue jay (see below) and explain to the children that blue jays are birds that sometimes try to steal eggs from other birds’ nests.
- Read the target text Go Away Blue Jay with the children.
- Have the children act out the text using photographs and pictures (see below).
- Let the children make a sign that says “Go away!” and let them hold up the sign while they chase the blue jay away from the gray bird’s nest.
- Gather eggs with –ay words
- Place the egg word cards around the room.
- Have the children build a nest made of pretend hay using straw or string.
- Let the children gather the egg cards and have them read the word on each card.
- Let the children put the cards in the nest made of hay.
Apply the skill (Choose from the activities below)
- Read target words in texts (see below)
- Engage the children in reading the target text Go Away Blue Jay! together with the group.
- 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/patterns
- Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: away, stay, clay, day, lay, clay, gray, spray, may, pay, say, way, sway. Let them write about what they did during the activity.
SEEL Target Texts
Go Away Blue Jay!
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 play.
The blue jay played in a fountain’s spray.
Stay Away Blue Jay