Two letters that work together, some vowels work as a te
am. Two vowels can be a set in a se at and the first one likes to spe ak.
Vowel Teams (with the exception of diphthongs, which usually make new sounds) are often long, making the sound of the 1st vowel & the 2nd vowel is silent. This guideline is sometimes not reliable, however. There can be many exceptions. EA often makes the long E sound (eat), but sometimes a short E (bread) or long A (steak). IE often makes the long I sound, but sometimes a long E sound (pie or thief).
AY is often used at the end of a word or syllable, AI at the beginning or middle of a word or syllable. Practice this with the phonemic awareness activity above.
WATCH videos and PLAY online games at the Vowel Team tutorial at Wakelet
SORTS Use the words & pictures from Vowel Digraph flashcards at Lanternfish ESL, Long Vowel Match-up from Liz’s Early Learning Spot, AI/AY picture sort & OA/OW picture sort from 1st Grade & Fabulous (B&W), AI/AY words & pictures, OA/OW color pictures from the measured mom
ACTIVITY Vowel Team Clip Cards from Fairy Poppins (includes diphthongs)