Break Brown Bread


Read, write, and identify words beginning with the br blend.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • break
  • brown
  • bread
  • broom
  • brush



  • Brown bread slices (can be dried out to break more easily)—1 for each 2-4 children
  • Small brooms and dustpan (if unavailable, use paper broom graphic below)

State and model the objective

Explain that the letters b and r blend together to make the /br/ sound. Tell the children that today they are going to break up the brown bread and then brush it up with a broom as they practice the br blend.


Practice the Skill with an Activity

  • Break Bread
    • Give each child a piece of bread. Have the children break it up and drop the crumbs on the table.
    • The children can brush the crumbs up with a broom.
    • Throughout the activity emphasize words and phrases containing the target br blend.


Apply the Skill

  • Read target words
    • Ask the children if they hear the br blend in various words (e.g., brisk, clasp, bracket, bracelet).
    • Along with teacher’s assistance, if necessary, have the children make a list of words that begin with the br blend.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • In 2-3 sentences, have the children write what they did (e.g.; “Today, we broke brown bread. Then we used a broom to brush it up.”).




SEEL At Home

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Read, write, and identify words beginning with the br blend.


  • A broom
  • Objects that start with br (e.g., bread, brush, branch, bracelet)
  • Brown crayon or marker

Activity: Brush Up with a Broom

  • Before the activity, invite your child to help you gather objects that begin with the br blend.
  • Spread the objects on the floor in a room or on a sidewalk or driveway outside.
  • Take turns using the broom to brush an objects into a corner or pile as you say the name of the object. 
  • When all of the objects are gathered up, have your child identify an object and you write the word on a piece of paper, leaving space for your child to copy the word.
  • Have your child copy the words, then use a brown crayon or marker to underline the beginning br in each word.
  • Use the words as word cards and scatter them face up on the floor so your child can read the words and then brush them into a pile with the broom.


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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B: Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.