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Digraphs 'ai' and 'ay' 1

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

'Digraphs 'ai' and 'ay' 1' 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.

trayn

train

Look at this:

hay bale

 

Pick the correct spelling.

hai

hay

Look at this:

 

Pick the correct spelling.

day

dai

Look at this:

nail

Pick the correct spelling.

nail

nayl

Look at this:

snail

 

Pick the correct spelling.

snayl

snail

Look at this:

 

Pick the correct spelling.

tayl

tail

Look at this:

dog

 

Pick the correct spelling.

Stay, dog!

Stai, dog!

Look at this:

stop sign

 

Pick the correct spelling.

No way

No wai

  • Question 1

Look at this:

train

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
train
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
hay
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:

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
day
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? In this example we are looking at the word 'day'. Remember look at where the sound is positioned in the word. We can hear the sound at end of the word which means it uses the digraph 'ay'. It can help to say the word out loud to yourself. Pretending you have a robot voice when saying the word can help you to break down the phonemes so you can hear each one. Keep going superstar!
  • Question 4

Look at this:

nail

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
nail
EDDIE SAYS
Are you starting to get the hang of this? We can hear the 'ai' sound in the middle of the word 'nail'. This means we need to use the 'ai' digraph to spell the word correctly. Keep up the super effort!
  • Question 5

Look at this:

snail

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
snail
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 6

Look at this:

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
tail
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? 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 7

Look at this:

dog

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
Stay, dog!
EDDIE SAYS
Have you got the hang of this now? We are looking at the word 'stay'. The sound 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 8

Look at this:

stop sign

 

Pick the correct spelling.

CORRECT ANSWER
No way
EDDIE SAYS
Last question! How did you get on? The word 'way' has the 'ay' sound. It comes at the end of the word which means the 'ay' digraph is the correct one to use. Super effort!
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