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Spelling Long A Words - SCOOT! Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 2 - 3

Explore the different ways to spell the “long a” sound with a game of Scoot!

Scoot Your Way to Spell Long A! Spelling Patterns Scoot Game

In the English language, multiple letters (and combinations of letters) can be used to make the same sound.

This is a fun and active resource which enables students to review the most commonly used “long a” wordsDuring the activity, students move or “scoot” around the classroom as they complete the activities on the task cards. They are required to:

  • Look at the picture on the card.
  • Identify the correct “long a” spelling required to spell the word.
  • Write the word using the correct long I word spelling on their recording sheet.

The “long a” spellings included in this phonics activity are:

  • ai (as in paint)
  • ay (as in tray)
  • a_e (as in grape)

Print and Go Differentiated Long Vowel Activities

This English Language Arts resource comes with two differentiated sets of 24 task cards. The distinctions between these two sets are outlined below.

Set 1: In addition to the picture, these task cards show the word underneath with blank lines to indicate the missing “long a” letter combination, e.g., the word “paint” would have the “ai”  missing in the middle of the word. The accompanying recording sheet for this scaffolded set of cards has the answer prewritten. There are blank spaces for students to add the correct “long a” grapheme to each word.

Set 2: These task cards contain the picture only. The accompanying recording sheet for this set requires students to write down all of the words that match the cards without any scaffolding provided.

Why not mix and match the task cards and recording sheets to best suit the needs of your students?

Other Applications of This Active Long A Word Game

Need to keep your students a little more contained? You could always try these alternate ideas:

Group Sorting Activity

Provide the students with the task cards. Have them group the cards according to the “long a” vowel combination that is missing.

Pair Card Games

Have the students use the task cards to play card games such as “Memory” or “Snap!” Matches are made by words that share the same “long a” spelling.

Show Me How – Long A Spelling Activity

Provide the students with dry-erase boards and markers. Show them the task cards in turn. Have the students write the missing “long a” grapheme on their whiteboard (or have more-capable students spell the word). When the students are finished, say, “Show Me!” Students can turn around their boards, allowing you to monitor who requires additional help with the concept.

Easily Download and Prepare This Resource

Use the dropdown arrow on the Download button to select this resource’s PDF or Google Slides version.

Print one version of the resource, then copy the task cards on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.

Recording sheets can be placed into dry-erase sleeves and reused time and again!


This resource was created by Alessandra Pastor, a teacher in Massachusetts and a Teach Starter collaborator.

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