a whale for sale and a snail to mail
Read texts that include words that contain the two long a spellings -ai and a_e.
- Disposable cups
- Two disposable bowls or cups
- Whales and Snails for Sale sign*
- Pictures of a snail, whale, nail, rail, scale, train, and pail*
- Word cards*
- Name tags*
- On Sale! labels*
- Mr. Snail and Mr. Whale signs*
- Put Mail on a Scale target text*
- A Mail Worker Sorts Mail target text*
- Mail Your Mail in a Pail? target text*
- Envelopes (optional)
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
The children will contrast words with the different long a spellings -a_e and -ai and read and write words such as sail, sale, scale, mail, and pail.
Have a sale of snails and whales
- Pretend to nail up the sign Whales and Snails for Sale (found below).
- Tell the children that they will go to a really big sale—a “whale of a sale.”
- Show the children how to attach a paper handle to a disposable cup to make a pail (example picture found below).
- Put the pictures of whales and snails (found below) in the pails.
- Let the children put the whales and snails in the pails on sale.
- Place On Sale! labels on the pictures of a pail, nail, whale, rail, scale, and train (all found below).
- Pretend to put the items that the customers buy in their pails.
Decide who is working in a post office
- Pretend to take the children to a post office to mail some of the whales and snails.
- Explain that postal workers can be male or female.
- Give students the name tags for female and male workers and customers.
Put mail on a scale and put stamps for sale
- Make a scale by using string to hang the disposable bowls (or cups) from both ends of a ruler.
- Comment on things that the mail workers do:
- Put mail on a scale.
- Sort mail.
- Put stamps for sale.
- Let the children write mail to Mr. Snail or Mr. Whale using envelopes or paper.
- Let the children sort letters into piles for Mr. Snail and Mr. Whale using the appropriate signs (found below).
- Have the children choose if a piece of mail should go by airmail or should go by rail.
- Have the children sort words with -ai from those with the -a_e spelling.
Mail a whale or a snail?
- Have the customers with whales and snails in pails try to mail a whale or a snail.
- Tell the customers that they cannot mail whales or snails!
- Let the customers come to the post office with pails to take back their whales and snails.
Read and write target words
- Engage the children in shared reading of the target texts (all found below).
- Have the children write words from dictation (e.g., pail, sale, mail, snail, whale).
- Let the children write about how they . . .
- made pails to carry whales and snails.
- went to mail snails and whales.
- put snails and whales on a scale.
- learned that they can’t mail whales or snails.
- took back the whales and snails.
- put mail in pails, not whales or snails.
SEEL Target Texts
Put Mail on a Scale
The mail worker does lots of jobs.
The mail worker puts mail on a scale.
The mail worker puts stamps on sale.
The mail worker nails up a sign that says, Stamps for Sale.
The mail worker nails up a sign that says, Send Mail by Airmail or by Rail
The male or female worker does lots of things.
The mail worker does not carry mail in a pail.
A Mail Worker Sorts Mail
Some mail workers are male, and some mail carriers are female.
A mail worker takes care of mail.
The mail worker puts mail on a scale.
The mail worker places stamps out for sale.
The mail worker sorts the mail and lets the mail sail along on a mail train or plane.
Mail Your Mail in a Pail?
You can mail letters.
You can mail a toy train.
You can mail a toy train by rail—by a real train.
You can mail a toy plane.
You can mail a toy plane by a real plane—by airmail
You can mail ginger ale, a sail, and a nail.
You can mail a pail.
But you can’t mail a snail in a pail.
And you can’t mail a real plane or train!
A Whale For Sale and a Snail to Mail