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Digraphs 'ai' and 'ay' 2

In this worksheet, students will practice spelling words containing 'ai' and 'ay' digraphs.

'Digraphs 'ai' and 'ay' 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Distinguish Different Spellings of Same Sound

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

These words have the same long 'a' sound but use different digraphs.

 

 

 

hay

 

'ay' is usually at the end of words

pails

 

 

 

'ay' and 'ai' are digraphs that sound the same.

 

In this worksheet you will practise spelling words with these digraphs.

Look at this:

train

 

Pick the correct spelling.

The train has arrived.

The trayn has arrived.

Look at this:

hay bale

 

Pick the correct spelling.

The hay bales are round.

The hai bales are round.

Look at this:

rain drops

 

Pick the correct spelling.

There are rayndrops on the window.

There are raindrops on the window.

Look at this:

calender

 

Pick the correct spelling.

How many dais in January?

How many days in January?

Look at this:

nails

 

Pick the correct spelling.

These nayls are sharp!

These nails are sharp!

Look at this:

snail

 

Pick the correct spelling.

Every snail has a shell.

Every snayl has a shell.

Look at this:

tail

 

Pick the correct spelling.

Whose tail is this?

Whose tayl is this?

Look at this:

 

Pick the correct spelling.

lay

lai

Look at this:

arrow

 

Pick the correct spelling.

wai

way

Look at this:

dog

 

Pick the correct spelling.

stay

stai

  • Question 1

Look at this:

train

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
The train has arrived.
EDDIE SAYS
This can be tricky as both 'ai' and 'ay' make the same sound. The trick is to remember that the 'ay' digraph often comes at the end of a word. The digraph 'ai' normally comes in the middle of a word. The word 't-r-ai-n' uses the 'ai' digraph in the middle of the word. Give the next question a try.
  • Question 2

Look at this:

hay bale

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
The hay bales are round.
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? Remember the digraph 'ai' comes in the middle of a word, whereas the 'ay' digraph comes at the end. In the word 'hay' we can hear the sound at the end of the word so it uses the 'ay' digraph. You can do this!
  • Question 3

Look at this:

rain drops

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
There are raindrops on the window.
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? In this example we are looking at the word 'raindrops'. Remember look at where the sound is positioned in the word. We can hear the sound in the middle of the word which means it uses the digraph 'ai'. Keep going superstar!
  • Question 4

Look at this:

calender

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
How many days in January?
EDDIE SAYS
Are you starting to get the hang of this? We can hear the 'ay' sound at the end of the word 'day'. This means we need to use the 'ay' digraph to spell the word correctly. Keep up the super effort!
  • Question 5

Look at this:

nails

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
These nails are sharp!
EDDIE SAYS
The word we are looking at here is 'nails'. The sound comes in the middle of the word which means the 'ai' digraph is the correct one to use. Great effort! Try the next question!
  • Question 6

Look at this:

snail

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
Every snail has a shell.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you pick the right one? Remember the general rule is that the 'ai' digraph comes at the start or middle of the word. The 'ay' digraph often comes when the sound is at the end of the word. 'Snail' uses the 'ai' digraph. Great effort! Keep going!
  • Question 7

Look at this:

tail

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
Whose tail is this?
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember the rule? The word 'tail' has the 'ai' digraph in the middle of the word. It has three phonemes 't-ai-l'. Always look at both options to check where the digraphs are positioned within the word. You have got this!
  • Question 8

Look at this:

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
lay
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting on OK? The word 'lay' uses the 'ay' phoneme as the sound comes at the end of the word. Nearly there! Keep it up!
  • Question 9

Look at this:

arrow

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
way
EDDIE SAYS
Have you got this now? The sound we are looking at comes at the end of the word which means the 'ay' digraph is the correct one to use. Give the last question a try!
  • Question 10

Look at this:

dog

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
stay
EDDIE SAYS
Last question well done! The word we are looking at is 'stay'. The sound comes at the end of the word so the general rule is that the 'ay' digraph is used. Super effort!
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