Vowel Team

When Two Vowel Go Walking

Have you heard of this jingle?

“When two vowels go walking
The first one does the talking
When two vowels go walking
The first one does the talking

vowel team when two vowel go walking

When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking” is a rule used to teach that when there are two vowels in a word the first one has the “long” sound of the vowel (or alphabet name), and the second one is not pronounced or silent.

For example, in train we have two vowels a and i.
The “a” has the “long a” sound and “i” is silent. The same happens for each, die, goat, and rescue.

This rule give students additional practice in decoding words that comply with the rule – when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.
Here are few more examples that follow this rule:

ai: rain, mail, nail, grain, train, paint, rail, snail.
ay: day, ray, way, clay, pray, play, stay, tray.
ee: see, tree, peel, sweet, sweep, queen, sheep, jeep.
ea: sea, tea, bead, peach, beach, meat, beans, teacher.
ey: valley, kidney, hockey, honey, turkey, storey, money, donkey.
ie: die, pie, tie, fried, flies, cried, tied, dried.
oa: coal, foam, goal, coat, soap, goat, throat, toast.
ue: venue, issue, queue, pursue, value, statue, argue, tissue.
oe: toe, woe, goes, aloe, Joe.
ui: fruit, suit, cruise, bruise, swimsuit.

When you observe that students have difficulty decoding words with these vowel teams, pull out these charts for further practice and reinforcement. – The vowel team letters are printed in red to further reinforce the rule.

You can print out this word chart to display in your classroom/home and help your students/kids read them. Just click on the poster and save the pdf to your device.

Objectives of teaching this rule:
Students will able to recognize and pronounce pairs of vowels that follow the c-v-v-c rule where the first vowel is a long vowel and the second vowel is a silent vowel.
Students will be able to read and spell simple long vowel words with c-v-v-c spelling patterns.

Note :
There are many cases in which two vowels come together sych as ai, au, ea, ee, ei, ie, oa, eo, oi, oo, ou, and ui. And when a pair of vowels appears in a word, it is often the first vowel that “does that talking,” as represented in words like green, sea, hair, coat, clean, rain, and peach.

However—and this is the important part—these same vowel teams also exist in many words that don’t follow the “when two vowels go walking” rule, including good, about, earth, bear, noise, author, and friend.
want to learn about long vowel spelling patterns ? Here is my go to long vowel spelling pattern poster and wordlist. These long vowel worlsheets are really help in teaching all the vowel teams that spell different long vowel sounds.

So I dont say this rule is always true. But to start teaching vowel team sounds this rule is great and makes it easy to read words.

For more information on list of phonics topics and how it’s used to teach children to read look through our phonics workheets, or find decodable sentences bundle, sight words and spelling rules for your child to help them practise early reading at home.


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