Bright Brass Brads


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


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bracelet
  • brad
  • brilliant
  • bright
  • brass
  • brush


  • Brass-colored brads 
  • Paper strips for bracelets
  • Graphic of broom bristles (see below) cut out of cardstock or paper
  • Broomstick cut out of cardstock
  • Real brush or picture of a brush (see graphics) 

The children will use a brad to fix a broken broom and read and write words that begin with /br/, such as broom, broken, brad, bristles, and brush.

Practice the skill within an activity
Bring brads to fix broken things

  • Underline the br in brad, broken, and broom, and comment on how the letters br make the /br/ sound.
  • Bring brads in a little container filled to the brim.
  • Brag about the brads you brought: bright, brilliant, brass brads that can put broken things together.
  • Use a brad to put two paper links together to fix a broken bracelet.
  • Let the children take turns linking a broken paper bracelet together.
  • Exclaim, “Bravo!” when the children fix the broken bracelet

Use a brad to fix a broken broom

  • Show the children the graphic of the broom with bristles (see below).
  • Show a broomstick (e.g., strip of cardboard or file folder) and comment on how the broom with bristles is broken.
  • Use a brad to fix the broken broom (connect the broomstick to the broom bristles; the graphics are below).
  • Invite the children to brush with the broom and make a breeze as they brush with the broom.

Make a brush

  • Show the graphic of a brush.
  • Let the children make bristles for the brush by cutting lines in the brush.
  • Give the children quick turns to brush with the brush with brisk strokes.

Apply the skill
Write and read target words

  • Let the children write simple words that begin with /br/: brad, brass, brag, bring, brake, brace, brush, broke, brave, brim.
  • Have the children read the words with a partner.

Write the initial cluster (br) in front of word endings

  • Write ____ad (brad), ____ush (brush), _____ag (brag), _____im (brim), etc. on the board and invite children fill in the br.



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