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AI Words

AI-Words The combination of the vowels “a” and “i” result in a long a sound. The vowel team rule states that when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking. As a result, the first vowel says its name and the second vowel is silent. Our elementary school’s spelling program incorporates AI words, that make the long a sound.

AI Spelling Words

The table below was compiled using the following word families: -aid, -ail, -aim, -ain, -aint, -aise and -ait. It contains over 60 AI words that make the long A sound.

AI Words
Word Family
laid-aid
maid-aid
paid-aid
raid-aid
afraid-aid
braid-aid
ail-ail
bail-ail
fail-ail
Gail-ail
hail-ail
jail-ail
mail-ail
nail-ail
pail-ail
quail-ail
rail-ail
sail-ail
tail-ail
wail-ail
detail-ail
flail-ail
frail-ail
snail-ail
trail-ail
aim-aim
claim-aim
maim-aim
gain-ain
lain-ain
main-ain
pain-ain
rain-ain
vain-ain
wain-ain
brain-ain
chain-ain
drain-ain
explain-ain
grain-ain
obtain-ain
plain-ain
remain-ain
slain-ain
Spain-ain
sprain-ain
stain-ain
strain-ain
train-ain
faint-aint
paint-aint
saint-aint
taint-aint
quaint-aint
raise-aise
braise-aise
chaise-aise
praise-aise
bait-ait
gait-ait
wait-ait
strait-ait
trait-ait

-AI Words Worksheets

We offer 7 FREE -AI words worksheets to help your child practice each word.

AI worksheet 1 laid, raid, staid, maid, paid & braid
AI worksheet 2 hail, mail, tail & pail
AI worksheet 3 jail, bail, fail & wail
AI worksheet 4 Gail, quail, flail & trail
AI worksheet 5 rail, nail, sail & snail
AI worksheet 6 gain, main, pain, rain & vain
AI worksheet 7 chain, brain, plain, grain & train

Source: Fry, E.B., Ph.D. & Kress, J.E., Ed.D. (2006). The Reading
Teacher’s Book of Lists 5th Edition.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass

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