VOWEL TEAM SERIES

Decodable Orthographic Mapping Resources that help students in the orthographic mapping of words that are spelled with vowel spelling patterns.

Have you ever wondered how to teach a child to use the correct spelling pattern when you have multiple spelling pattern choices that can be used to spell the same sounds?

There are no rules that dictate where a spelling pattern must be used. Using the correct spelling pattern is especially confusing with long vowel sounds as we have a few different ways to spell long vowel sounds in English. An example of some of the confusing long vowel spelling patterns is shown below:

  • Plain, plane, pay, steak (all make the long sound of ‘a’ /ā/ but are written with different spelling patterns)
  • Meet, meat, mete, sea, piece, key (all make the long sound of ‘e’ /ē/ but are written with different spelling patterns)
  • Light, tide, pie, type (all make the long sound of ‘i’ /ī/ but are written with different spelling patterns)
  • Home, toad, crow, toe (all make the long sound of ‘o’ /ō/ but are written with different spelling patterns)
  • Argue, new, mule, sleuth (all make the long sound of ‘u’ /ū/ but are written with different spelling patterns)

 

Are you searching for ways to differentiate between spellings of homophones, and looking for rules to teach students that they can quickly apply and make the correct spelling choices?

While rules and tips exist that can teach children most spelling rules (example: when to use spelling patterns ck or k or when to double f, l, s, and z at the end of words), I wanted a really fun and easy fix to teach my students who often got their ai, ay, and a-e mixed up.

That’s how I ended up creating the Vowel Team Series – a series of story books that facilitate learning spelling through association of focus words to a fun storyline.

Vowel Team Series

These books help students who struggle with spelling the confusing long vowel spelling patterns.

The books in this series aim to facilitate learning spellings through association of focus words to a fun storyline.

Train Trip To The Bay

Book 1

ai and ay

long sound of a /ā/

83 Focus Words

Teens Go To The Reef

Book 2

ee

long sound of e /ē/

98 Focus Words

20

more books

to come as part of the

Vowel Team Series

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How do these books work?

Students with learning difficulties who struggle to differentiate the multiple spelling patterns of long vowel sounds will benefit from using this book.  The intention is for children to associate the target words with the story and subsequently be­come fluent in encoding and decoding those 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 books are accompanied by resources such as games and flash cards that can be used in conjunction with the books to reinforce the spelling patterns and 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.

How do these books help?

Book 1 addresses the question "How to teach when to use ai and ay"?

How to teach when to use AI and AY (instead of a, a-e, ei, or eye)?

Teens Go To The Reef

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 aims to address how to teach a child when to use ai or ay or ‘a consonant e’ (a-e) when spelling words or how to differentiate between homophones while spelling, e.g., plain vs. plane?

This book focuses on 83 common words that use ONLY the ai & ay spelling pattern to represent the long sound of /ā/.

The book has been carefully authored to ensure that words with the long a sound /ā/ using spelling patterns other than the ai and ay, spelling patterns are NOT included in this book. This step has been taken to avoid confusion while students are becoming familiar with the focus words in this story.

Book 2 addresses the question "How to teach when to use ee"?

How to teach when to use EE (instead of E, EA, IE or EY)?

Teens Go To The Reef

Teens Go To The Reef is a Decodable Orthographic Mapping Resource that can help students in the orthographic mapping of focus words that have vowel sound /ē/ and spelling pattern ee.

This book aims to address how to teach a child when to use ee when spelling words or how to differentiate between homophones while spelling, e.g., meet vs meat?

This book focuses on 98 common words that use ONLY the ee spelling pattern to represent the long sound of /ē/.