crinkle and crackle
Read, write, and identify words beginning with the /cr/ blend.
- 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.
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.
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.
SEEL Target Texts
Crinkle and Crackle
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!
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B: Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Crinkle and Crackle