Regular Vowel Teams

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The lesson introduces students to the regular vowel teams: oa, ee, ai, ay, oi, and oy.  It also refers to some of the vowel teams that do not follow the rule.  As with all reading, the more practice students have with the concept, the better they will understand and recognize and the identify the sound, syllable, vowel, etc.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with other early reading lessons.

Regular Vowel Teams Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Regular Vowel Teams
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Regular Vowel Teams
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-2 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the regular vowel teams: oa, ee, ai, ay, oi, and oy. The lesson begins with a brief review of short and long single vowel sounds. The lesson then provides a chart listing the vowel team, examples of words which use that team, and a few exceptions to the rule. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other early reading lessons.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Display a list of words using single vowels and a second list of words using vowel teams. Ask students if they notice what is the same or different with the words.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Students may initially refer to the meaning of the words, but direct them to the spelling of the words, sounds, etc.  Ask students if they can think of other words with the same sounds, spelling patterns, or words that might rhyme.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Regular Vowel Teams to the class.
  4. Distribute Regular Vowel Teams content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use current reading content for vowel team word examples.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Ask students to create as many new words as possible using the vowel teams and consonants.  Allow sufficient time for students to make their lists and to complete the activity.  Remind students that some of the single letters may not be used.
  6. Once completed, students share some words from their words lists. Results will vary.  Display an overall list of words students have created for display, using different columns for each vowel team.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask students: What is your favorite regular vowel team and why?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to share words using their favorite vowel team.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3.B

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade

Subject

Reading