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Activity Type: Introduce
Activity Form: Game
Grade: 1
Group Size: Small Group
Length: 5 minutes
Materials: Two fly swatters, chalkboard or whiteboard, sheets of paper
Goal: Given some letters or letter combinations, the student can add a word family ending to them to make words.
Items: Words in the -ay word family; you should also familiarize yourself with the rules of Sounding Out Accuracy: Word Swatter Game

What to do

  1. Prepare a list of -ay words to use for this activity.
  2. Write the word day on the board and say it out loud. How many sounds do you hear? Two, yes. The ay makes the long sound of a. Change the d to w to make the word way. Now the word is way.
  3. Change the first letter to h. Now, let's try it together. Say the word hay. Change the h to b. Say the new word, bay.
  4. You may continue to give examples. After the class has begun to grasp the properties of -ay endings, write a list of letters and two-letter combinations on the board.
  5. Now play Sounding Out Accuracy: Word Swatter Game, using the following variation. Say only -ay words. The student should swat the letter that begins the word, and then write ay after the beginning.
  6. When you have gone through all of the -ay words on your list, you may wish to have the students copy the words on their own.

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Demonstrate using the fly swatter safely.

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