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Common Spellings of the Long A Sound

You will want to choose words from this list to read and spell; some of these words include "special category" syllables such as -ture and -gue.

Open Syllables -- high frequency words and words found in content area texts

baby paper table nation
lady major radio April
cable label data fatal
apron potato tomato bakery
vacation hazy favor basic
basis maple staple ladle
shaky shaken taken forsaken
raven gracious spacious patient
navel bagel capable elevator
operator application compensation destination
education graduation congratulation information
refrigerator basin Asia labor
ratio slavery evaporation population
aphid fracas fragrant Mediterranean
adaptation administration approximation circulation
condensation immigration inauguration irrigation
investigation mutation organization ossification
oxidation pasteurization pollination qualitative
innovative biodegradable blamable debatable
inflatable inescapable classification acre

Vowel- consonant-e: high frequency words and words found in content area texts (also see 'vowel-consonant-e' syllable type)

make take place name same
came page state date late
face waves space gave became
base plane game shape race
phrase case lake scale age
safe trade lane save indicate
escape refrigerate interstate grade wage
blockade concave decade membrane hibernate
earthquake hurricane insulate Crusades phase
cape calculate centigrade tolerate candidate

AI: high frequency words and words found in content area texts

wait contain explain paint rain
train main raise sail remains
plains straight tail afraid waived
claim obtain entertain chain aid
grain hail mainland brain terrain
cocaine  trait strait campaign laissez faire
traitor  trail aim frail pain
drain  explain maintenance entertainment prevail
acquaint  complain failure praise paid
available  disclaimer moraine Spain Maine

A Whole Lot Of AI Words

Abstain acquaint aid aide ail
ailment aim aimless appertain appraisal
arraign ascertain assail assailant attain
avail available await bail bailiff
bailiwick bait bobtail bouillabaisse braid
brain braise braille caisson caitiff
campaign chain chaise chatelaine chilblain
claim cocaine complain complaisant constrain
constraint contain contrail curtail daily
dainty daisy declaim derail detail
detain disclaimer disdain domain drain
entail entertain entrails exclaim explain
fail failure fain faint faith
flail frail frailty gaiety gain
gait grain hail ingrain jail
lackadaisical laid lain legerdemain plaintiff
plaintive praise prevail proclaim ptomaine
quail quaint quatrain raid rail
raiment rain rainbow raise raisin
reclaim refrain regain remain restrain
retain retail sail saint slain
snail sprain staid stain straight
strain strait sustain swain tail
tailor taint terrain trail train
traipse trait traitor travail twain
upbraid vain waif wail wain
wainscot waist waive wassail wraith
Craig Elaine Gail Haiti Jamaica
Kuwait Maine Spain    

AY: high frequency words and words found in content area texts

way day may say play
away always today stay lay
pay maybe runaway array birthday
decay Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Thursday Friday Saturday ray mayor
bay display relay prayer player
crayon highway holiday subway yesterday

Lots of AY words:

affray airway allay always anyway array ashtray
away bay bayonet bays belay betray betrayal
birthday bray bricklayer byplay byway caraway castaway
chambray clay crayon crayfish crossways cutaway day
daydream daylight decay defray disarray dismay display
doomsday essay everyday expressway fairway faraway fay
flay  foray fray freeway gainsay gangway gay
gray  halfway hallway hay hayloft headway hearsay
heyday highwayman holiday hooray horseplay inlay interplay
jay jaywalk lay layer layette layman layoff
layover layperson leeway mainstay may maybe mayfly
mayflower mayhem mayonnaise mayor maypole mislay moray
nay nosegay nowadays okay outlay overlay overpay
parkway parlay pathway pay payment payoff play
playful playground playhouse playpen playwright portray pray
prayer quay ray rayon relay replay roundelay
say slay soothsay spay splay spray stay
stowaway stray subway sway today tray underway
unsay way wayfarer waylaid waylay wayside wayward
yesterday Bombay Dayton Dwayne Himalaya Malaysia Malay
Norway Paraguay Taylor Uruguay Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday      

EI: Common words -- vein, weight, eight, freight

aweigh (chow) mein heir deign reign
eight eighteen eighty feint feign
peignor rein sleigh surveillance their
vein veil weigh Beirut freight
geisha heinous heiress heirloom inveigh
inveigle lei neighbor neighborhood  


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