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Digraphs 'ai' and 'ay' 3

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

'Digraphs 'ai' and 'ay' 3' 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 bales

 

bucket

 

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:

snail

 

Type the sentence below.

Look at this:

 

Type the sentence below.

Look at this:

 

Type the sentence below.

p_ _n

compl_ _n

ag_ _n

 

Which digraph is missing?

Type these words correctly below.

ch_ _n

expl_ _n

w_ _st

 

Which digraph is missing?

Type these words correctly below.

displ_ _ 

portr_ _ 

alw_ _s

 

Which digraph is missing?

Type these words correctly below.

Match these 'ay' words with their meanings.

Column A

Column B

always
something that happens at all times
display
make someone or something late or slow
delay
showing something so it can be seen

Match these 'ai' words with their meanings.

Column A

Column B

waist
to do something once more or another time
chain
a series of linked metal rings used for fastening ...
again
the part of the human body below the ribs and abov...
  • Question 1

Look at this:

snail

 

Type the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Snails live in damp, dark places.
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? This can be tricky as you need to decide which 'ai' or 'ay' to use. 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. Don't forget to use a comma to separate the adjectives in the sentence. Give the next question a try.
  • Question 2

Look at this:

 

Type the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
A calendar marks the days of the week.
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 'day' 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:

 

Type the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
The train was delayed.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? In this example we are looking at the word 'train'. Remember look at where the sound is positioned in the word. In the word 'train' we can hear the sound in the middle of the word which means it uses the digraph 'ai'. Keep going superstar!
  • Question 4

p_ _n

compl_ _n

ag_ _n

 

Which digraph is missing?

Type these words correctly below.

CORRECT ANSWER
pain complain again
pain again complain
complain again pain
complain pain again
again complain pain
again pain complain
EDDIE SAYS
Are you starting to get the hang of this? The key is to keep checking where the sound appears in each word. In general the 'ai' digraph comes in the middle of the word and 'ay' comes at the end.
  • Question 5

ch_ _n

expl_ _n

w_ _st

 

Which digraph is missing?

Type these words correctly below.

CORRECT ANSWER
chain explain waist
chain waist explain
waist explain chain
waist chain explain
explain chain waist
explain waist chain
EDDIE SAYS
Again in this question, check the position of the missing digraph. It can help to say the word out loud to yourself so you can hear where the sound comes. You have got this!
  • Question 6

displ_ _ 

portr_ _ 

alw_ _s

 

Which digraph is missing?

Type these words correctly below.

CORRECT ANSWER
display always portray
display portray always
portray always display
portray display always
always display portray
always portray display
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get them all right? This time we can hear the sound at the end of the words. The 'ay' digraph is often the sound used when the word finishes with the 'ay' sound. Nearly there now! You can do this!
  • Question 7

Match these 'ay' words with their meanings.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

always
something that happens at all tim...
display
showing something so it can be se...
delay
make someone or something late or...
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? Remember you can use a dictionary to help you find out the meanings of any words you do not know. Give the last question a try!
  • Question 8

Match these 'ai' words with their meanings.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

waist
the part of the human body below ...
chain
a series of linked metal rings us...
again
to do something once more or anot...
EDDIE SAYS
Did you match them correctly? If you are unsure about the meanings of any words, use a dictionary to find out. High five for effort! Well done!
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