pay for hay in may
Read and write words that end with the long a vowel pattern -ay.
- 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
Pay for Hay in May