Crumbly Cracker Crust

Crumbly Cracker Crust
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cracker
  • crumb
  • crust
  • cream
  • crunch


  • Graham crackers
  • Cream (pudding or whipped topping)
  • Paper cups
  • Food labels and word cards 
  • Crazy Cracker Crumb Creation target text 
  • Sticky notes/small pieces of paper

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make a crumbly cracker crust and read and write words with the /cr/ blend, such as cracker, crumb, crust, cream, crush, crunch.

Literacy Activities
Make crumbly cracker crust

  • Write the word crust on the board, underline the /cr/ blend, and explain that the letters c and r together make the /cr/ sound.
  • Bring out crackers in crinkly, crackly wrappers and comment on the crackly sound.
  • Let the children crack, crumble, crush, and crunch crackers into paper cups.
  • Explain that the crumbs from the crushed crackers make a crust.
  • Line up the crackers, crumbs (in a cup), crust (in a cup), and cream.
  • Read the food labels with the children then invite them to place each label by the corresponding food item.
  • Scoop cream into the cups and call it a crazy cracker crumb creation.
  • Allow the children to eat their creation (optional).

Make a crisscross path of crumbs

  • Read the word cards with the children.
  • Let the children crumple each word card into a ball.
  • Have the children pretend that the crumpled paper balls are crumbs and help them make a crisscross path around the room using the crumbs.
  • Tell the children to gather the crumbs and have them take turns opening up the paper ball crumbs and reading their word.
  • Have the children write words that begin with /cr/ (e.g., cram, crack, crush, crunch, crust, crumb, cream) on small pieces of paper or sticky notes.
  • Repeat the activity using the children’s word cards (optional).

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the text Crazy Cracker Crumb Creation together with the group.
  • Have the children make a list of the /cr/ words from the text.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Make a word wall with words from the activity that begin with the /cr/ blend, such as cram, crack, crush, crunch, crackle, crust, crumb, cream, crazy, creation.
  • Invite the children to write about what they did with the cracker crumbs using words from the word wall (i.e., I crush and cram cracker crumbs.)
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SEEL Target Texts

Crazy Cracker Crumb Creation

How to make a cracker crumb creation:
Crunch and crack crackers in a crinkly wrapper.
Crush and crumble the crackers into crumbs.
Cram the crumbs into a cup to make a crust.
Cram cream over the crust.
Create a crazy cracker crumb creation!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.