bank with a crank

Bank with a Crank

Bank with a Crank
Target text


Read, write, and identify words that end in the /nk/ blend.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • bank
  • sink
  • sank
  • crank
  • clank


  • A tin can with a plastic lid 
  • Coins
  • Hand-sanitizer bottle with a pump
  • Word-building cards
  • Clank in the Bank target text
  • Bank with a Crank target text

State and Model the Objective
The children will use a pretend crank to open a bank and then read and write words that end in -nk, such as crank, bank, thank, clink, clank, and think.
Literacy Activities
Make a bank

  • Make a slit large enough for coins in the plastic lid of the tin can.
  • Let a child write the word bank on a piece of paper before taping it onto the tin can.

Put money in the bank to make it go clank

  • Put a coin in the bank and rattle it while saying “clink” and “clank.”
  • Allow the children to have a turn plunking money in the bank while saying “clink” and “clank.”
  • Read the Clank in the Bank target text and emphasize words with the /nk/ blend. 

Open a bank with a crank

  • Pretend to lift off the lid of the tin-can bank by using a hand-sanitizer bottle with a pump.
  • Place the hand sanitizer next to the tin bank and twist the pump top to act as a crank. 
  • Dump the coins out of the tin bank once the lid is off and let the coins clunk or plunk when they hit the table.
  • Make comments such as the following:
    • “Crank. Crank. Crank the bank.”
    • “Yank the crank to open the bank.”

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds 

  • With word-building cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or the beginning consonant(s):
    • Change the vowel: clink→ clank→ clunk; plunk→ plink→ plank; sink→ sunk; think→ thank
    • Change the beginning consonant(s): clank→ blank; bank→ sank; crank→ yank; clink→ plink; plunk→ clunk

Read and identify the target words 

  • Read the Bank with a Crank target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children make a list of the -nk words that they heard.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Have the children write words as you say them: crank, bank, thank, think, sink, plink, plunk, and clunk.
  • Invited the children to write about their experience. 
  • Review target words from the activities and present sentences to complete or question-prompts to elicit ideas.
    • Example of an interactive text:
      • We got to ___ (plunk) and ___ (clunk) money into a bank.
      • We heard money ___ (clink), ___ (clank), and ___ (clunk) in the bank.
      • We opened the ___ (bank) with a ___ (crank).
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SEEL Target Texts

Bank with a Crank

Where do you put your money?
In a sink?
In a tank?
In a tin bank?
Yes! In a tin bank!
What sound do you hear when you put money in a bank?

—and kerplunk
How do you get money out of the tin bank?
Dump it in a tank?
Shake it out of the bank?
No, open the bank with a crank!

Clank in the Bank

Clank! A clank in the bank! Clank goes the bank.
The money sank into the bank with a clank.
Do you think you can drop money into a bank and make a clank?
Plunk and clunk money in the bank.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.