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Vowel Team Series, Book 1: /ā/ – ai & ay

What is the “Train Trip To The Bay” story book?

Train Trip To The Bay is a Decodable Orthographic Mapping Resource that can help students in the orthographic mapping of focus words that have vowel sound /ā/ and spelling pattern ai & ay.

This book is the 1st book of the Vowel Team Series (each book in this Vowel Team Series will focus on one or two related vowel teams and will include multiple words that children of school age will potentially come across during reading and spelling).

What does this book aim to address?

This book provides a mechanism to teach a child when to use ai & ay rather than ‘a consonant e’ (a-e) when spelling words or how to differentiate between homophones while spelling, e.g., plain vs. plane?

What is the storyline?

Train Trip To The Bay is the story of Fay, a young girl who takes the train to visit her friend, Den the Donkey, for a picnic at the bay. She has a few escapades on her way, but she reaches there safe and has a great day with her friend.

How many focus words are used?

Train Trip To The Bay focuses on 83 common words that use ONLY the ai & ay spelling pattern to represent the long sound of /ā/.

This book utilizes 83 focus words that use ONLY the ai & ay spellings to tell a simple but engaging story that will captivate young minds. The list includes most words that children of school age will potentially come across during reading and spelling.

Does this work?

I have since used the same stories to teach other students of mine and have found it both engaging and an easy way for students to remember words from their otherwise confusing spelling lists.

How does this work?

The books in the vowel team series have been developed to help children with orthographic mapping of focus words. Every book in this vowel team series will focus on one or two related vowel teams and will include multiple words that children of school age will potentially come across during reading and spelling. The intention is for children to associate these focus words with the story and subsequently become fluent in encoding and decoding those words.

The book is accompanied by resources such as flash cards and board games that can be used in conjunction with this book to aid in the orthographic mapping of these words.

Literacy instruction needs to be explicit and systematic, so each book includes what phonemes, graphemes, rules, affixes, and spelling patterns need to be taught explicitly to the child before they are expected to read the book. Please note that unless all prerequisites have been explicitly taught and the student can read this book independently, it is recommended that you read with or read to the child.

83 Focus Words

focussing ONLY on ai & ay spellings

  • quaint
  • maintain
  • train
  • plain
  • detail
  • wait
  • braid
  • tail
  • waist
  • snail

  • wait
  • trail
  • grain
  • pail
  • mail
  • paint
  • main
  • strain
  • frail
  • drain

  • wail
  • stay
  • railway
  • paid
  • explain
  • remain
  • complain
  • maid
  • pain
  • flail

  • faint
  • aid
  • sprain
  • sail
  • bait
  • hail
  • rain
  • afraid
  • vain
  • aim

  • chain
  • stain
  • fail
  • brain
  • daily
  • raisin
  • daisy
  • obtain
  • nail
  • raise

  • bail
  • jail
  • gain
  • raid
  • claim
  • quail
  • praise
  • avail

  • bay
  • ray
  • day
  • today
  • pray

  • lay
  • hay
  • sway
  • stray
  • tray

  • way
  • pay
  • display
  • delay
  • away

  • relay
  • stay
  • dismay
  • say
  • clay

  • bray
  • decay
  • may
  • spray
  • play

What is included as part of this book?

When you buy this book, you will also get free access to a pack of educator resources which can be used in conjunction with the storyline to aid in the orthographic mapping of these words.

The intention is for children to become familiar with these focus words in a fun and engaging manner thereby associating the focus words with the storyline and subsequently becoming fluent in encoding and decoding those words.

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