cluttered closet

Cluttered Closet

Cluttered Closet
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • clean
  • clutter
  • closet
  • cloud
  • clang


  • Classroom closet (or paper door)
  • /cl/ picture cards 
  • /cl/ word cards
  • A piece of cloth
  • Clutter in the Closet target text 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will clean up the clutter in the class closet as they read and write words with the /cl/ blend, such as class, closet. clothes, clutter, clown, and clean.

Literacy Activities
Clean the closet

  • Show the children a /cl/ blend, ask them to help name words that start with /cl/ then you write them on the board.
  • Explain that the /cl/ blend is made with the letters c and l and have the children take turns underlining the blend in the words on the board.
  • Direct the children's attention to the closet (or paper closet door with /cl/ picture cards taped to it) and explain that the clutter (mess) in the closet needs to be cleaned up.
  • Let the children take turns picking /cl/ pictures and objects out of the closet (or off the door).
  • Each time a card is picked, instruct the child to say the word out loud and then put it on the cloth you've laid on a table.
  • Throughout the activity, emphasize words and phrases containing /cl/ words.

More Practice
Read target words

  • Display the Clutter in the Closet text for the children to see.
  • Read the text to the children.
  • Read through the text once more, instructing the children to pick out each /cl/ word.
  • Have the children underline each /cl/ blend they see in the text.

Write about the activity

  • With the children, write a list of /cl/ words they heard in the activity on the board, such as clean, clear, closet, clutter, clothes, close, and clown.
  • Have the children write 2-3 sentences about cleaning the closet, using two or more /cl/ words in each sentence (e.g., We cleaned the closet. We cleared the clutter. A clown was in the closet.)
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SEEL Target Texts

Clutter in the Closet

We have clutter in the classroom closet. We have things that clash and clang.
We have a clock, a cloak, and some clips.
We have a clam, a clown, and some claws.
We have clippers, clothes, and some clouds.
What clutter in the classroom closet!
We better clean up the cluttered closet!
Clean, clean, clean the closet.
Clear out the clutter. Clean the closet.
Now we have a clean closet: a closet without clutter.
We can close the door on the clean classroom closet.
Clap! The closet is clean!
There is no more clutter in the classroom closet.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.