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Building Sundaes with Vowel Teams (AI, AY, EE and EA)

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 3 pages | Years: 1 - 2

Decode words with ay, ai, ea and ee long vowel teams by crafting cute desserts!

Our Vowel Team Activity Is As Sweet As Can Be!

If you’re looking for an engaging literacy activity that’s as sweet as your students, then here’s the scoop – sundae building with vowel teams is the teaching resource for you!

Use this resource as an English group activity or whole-class exercise to practise identifying vowel teams within words.

To build sundaes with vowel teams, students choose a sundae piece. They must read the word and identify the vowel team contained within the word. Students find the matching vowel team on the word mat and cover the matching piece of the sundae. Students continue choosing and matching pieces until all of the sundaes are complete!

The vowel teams students will identify through this activity are:

  • ai
  • ay
  • ee
  • ea

Scaffolding and Extension Tips 

  • Challenge fast finishers to put the words from the sundae pieces in alphabetical order.
  • Simplify the task for students who may be overwhelmed working with four sundaes at once by choosing only one vowel team to work with at a time.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

It is recommended that this resource be printed on thick card for increased durability.

Place the word mats and sundae pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.


This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a Teach Starter collaborator. 

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