crunch and crack


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • cracker
  • crack
  • crush
  • crunch
  • crumbs
  • crinkle


  • Crackers
  • Bags that crackle (e.g., cracker box liner, grocery bag, paper bag)
  • Word cards 
  • Sticky notes or small pieces of paper
  • Cram Crackers in Bags target text 
  • Crunch and Crack target text 
  • Crunchy Crackers target text 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will crack and crush crackers as they read and write words spelled with /cr/ such as crack, crush, crunch, cram, crinkle, and crumb.

Literacy Activities
Cram crackers into crackly bags

  • Ask the children to write the letters /cr/ on a piece of paper.
  • Read the text Cram Crackers in Bags slowly and have the children hold up the /cr/ paper every time they hear a word that starts with /cr/.
  • Have the children underline the words in the text that start with /cr/.
  • Allow the children to cram, crack, and crush crackers into crinkly crackly bags.
  • Comment that the cracked and crushed crackers leave crumbs in the crackly bags.

Cram words into crackly bags

  • Read the word cards with the children.
  • Allow the children to choose a card and help them read the word on the card.
  • Let the children crinkle the word cards and cram them into crackly bags.
  • Have the children write words that begin with /cr/ (e.g., cram, crack, crush, crunch, crinkle, crackle, crumb) on small pieces of paper or sticky notes.
  • Invite the children to crinkle and cram the papers into the crackly bags.

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading Crunch and Crack 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.
  • Repeat with the target text Crunch Crackers.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Assist the children in making a word wall of /cr/ words.
  • 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

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Cram Crackers in Bags

Cram crackers into crinkly, crackly bags.
Crack crackers in crinkly, crackly bags.
Crush crackers in crinkly, crackly bags.
All that will be left are crumbly cracker crumbs.
How crazy to crush crackers in their crinkly, crackly bags!

Crunch and Crack

Some bags crinkle and crackle.
Some crackers come in bags that crinkle and crackle.
Crackers crammed in bags that crinkle and crackle can crack.
Crackers crushed in bags that crinkle and crackle make crumbs.
Crumbs can crunch but they don’t crinkle and crackle.
Crackers and crackly bags are a lot of fun!

Crunchy Crackers

Crunchy crackers crunch.
Crunchy crackers crack.
Crunchy crackers crumble.
Crispy crackers crunch.
Crispy crackers crack.
Crispy crackers crumble.
Crushing crispy, crunchy crackers makes many crumbly crumbs!



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