This is a great activity to do in small literacy groups. Students listen to a word that you say aloud and decide which long vowel spelling pattern makes that sound. They can either swat it with fly swatters (play like Slap Jack) or place a chip on it (if they have their own mats). You could even make class set of these and do large group. There are 5 mats included and the sounds that are mostly covered in first grade are included:
Long a: a, ay, a-e
Long e: e, e-e, ee, -y (like candy)
Long i: i, i-e, y-e, igh, -y (like fly)
Long o: o, o-e, ow, oa
Long u: u, u-e, oo, ew
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