### Spelling rule for the “ai/ay” sound

```Today we are going to learn how to
identify the “ai/ay” sound and then use
it to correctly spell words.
The “ai/ay” rule
We need to learn spelling rules to help us spell
words we know and words we don’t know.
Here is a rule about words that have the sound /ay/ like
say or rain
If the sound /ay/ is at the end of the word it is spelled
with the letters a-y.
If the sound /ai/ is in the middle of the word it is
spelled a-i.
The “ai/ay” rule
When the sound /ay/ is at the end of the word it is
spelled a-y.
say
bay
play
If the /ay/ sound is at the end of the word how do you
spell it?
The “ai/ay” rule
When the sound /ai/ is in the middle of a word it is
spelled a-i.
rain
pain
train
If the /ai/ sound is in the middle of the word how do you
spell it?
The “ai/ay” rule
If the sound /ay/ is at the end of the
word it is spelled with the letters a-y.
If the sound /ai/ is in the middle of a
word it is spelled a-i.
Lets do our clicking:
End sound click click, a-y click click, middle
sound click click a-i click click.
The “ai/ay” rule
In the word
say where is the /ay/ sound?
When the ay sound is at the end of a word we spell it
a-y?
How do we spell it?
In the word play where is the /ay/sound?
When the ay sound is at the end of a word we spell it
a-y?
How do we spell it?
The “ai/ay” rule
In the word
train where is the /ai/ sound?
When the /ai/ sound is not at the end of a word we spell
it a-i?
How do we spell train?
In the word rain where is the /ai/sound?
When the /ai/sound is in the middle of a word we spell it
a-i.
How do we spell rain?
Words that end in a-y
These words all end in a-y because the /ay/ sound is at
the end of the word.
tray
play
clay
Why are they spelled with an a-y?
bay
lay
Words that are spelled with a-i
These words are spelled using a-i because the /ai/ sound
is in the middle of the word.
train
rain
paid
pain
nail
These words are spelled using a-i because the /ai/ sound
is in the middle of a word.
Why are they spelled using a-i?
The “ai/ay” rule
If the sound /ay/ is at the end of the
word it is spelled with the letters a-y.
If the sound /ai/ is in the middle of a
word it is spelled a-i.
End sound click click, a-y click click, middle
sound click click a-i click click.
Let’s work together
Now I’m going to ask some students to spell some words.
Listen carefully so you know can tell if the /ai- ay/ sound
is at the end of the word or in the middle.