Crinkle and Crackle

Crinkle and Crackle
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • crinkle
  • crackle
  • crack
  • crush
  • crunch


  • Paper bags for items that crackle/don’t crackle
  • Items that crackle (e.g., cereal box liner, potato chip bag, grocery bag) placed in separate paper bags
  • Items that don’t crackle (e.g., fabric, a tennis ball, playdough) placed in separate paper bags
  • Labels to identify items as Crackly or Not Crackly 
  • Flat Styrofoam (e.g., containers, trays, packaging materials)
  • Crinkle and Crackle target text 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make crinkle and crackle sounds and they will read and write words spelled with /cr/: crinkle, crackle, crush, crack, crunch.

Literacy Activities
Identify crackly objects

  • Explain that the letters c and r together make the /cr/ sound.
  • Set up a few paper bags with items that are crackly (e.g., cereal bag, chip bag, styrofoam) or not crackly (e.g., fabric, tennis ball, playdough), placing a different item in each paper bag.
  • Explain that when something is crackly it makes a sharp sound when it moves.
  • Invite the children to reach into the bags and decide whether the item in it is crackly or not crackly.
  • Remove the items from the bags once children have determined whether or not they are crackly.
  • Have the children label the items with the Crackly/Not Crackly labels (see below).

Crinkle, crackle, crunch, crush, and crack

  • Make a word wall of words that begin with the /cr/ blend: crinkle, crackle, crush, crunch, crack.
  • Have the children write the words on bags (e.g., grocery bag, paper bag, cereal box liner) and on flat Styrofoam (e.g., containers, trays, packaging materials).
  • Allow the children to crinkle, crackle, crunch, crush, and crack the bags and Styrofoam.

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading Crinkle and Crackle (see text below) together with the group.
  • Have the children make a list of the words from the text spelled with /cr/.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Review the words on the word wall and emphasize that all of the words start with /cr/.
  • Invite the children to write about what they did with the crackly bags using words from the word wall.
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SEEL Target Texts

Crinkle and Crackle

Some things are crinkly.
Some things are crackly.
Some things are crunchy.
Crinkle something to make a crinkly sound.
Crush something to make a crunchy sound.
Crack something to make a crackly sound.
It’s fun to make things crinkle, crackle, and crunch!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.