These 4 posters
featuring the most common vowel pairs: ai, ea, oa & oe
, which most often fit the "When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking" rule, are part of my 177- page jumbo “Vowel Villains" packet
. Click on the link to take a look.
The posters include the very important sentence, "This is true sometimes but not always."
As there will be exceptions to the rule.
I find that if you give students a "heads up" to be aware, you've turned frustration into fun.
Instead of getting upset
when they find a word that's an exception
to the rule, they are excited to look for them
, as they get to put the "rule breaking vowel villains"
in their "jail journals"
My students absolutely LOVE this word-work
It's interesting to note that even the word "villain" is a "rule breaker!"
Because they are black & white you can also use them as a worksheet
. Students add some color, then write a list of example words on the back.
To conserve paper & ink, I've included 2-on-a-page patterns for your student "worksheet posters".
I'm Diane from Teach With Me. I hope you find the posters helpful.
I really enjoyed designing them and used mine to create a bulletin board
The reason there are only 4 posters to this set for the "vowel teams" ai, ea, oa & oe
is because those are the vowel pairs
that will often fit the rule.
ui, eu, ou, & oo
don't. They would all be exceptions, so I teach U and O vowel pairs separately.
The vowel digraph ie & ei
are also best taught separately not using this rule, as the one: "i before e, except after c or in cases like neighbor & weigh." is a better fit.
For more Vowel Activities, click on the link
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