rent a tent


Read, write, and identify words ending in the /nt/ blend.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • tent
  • rent
  • cent
  • sent
  • spent
  • went


  • Sheet (cut slits in it to make vents)
  • Box labeled “From: Kent”
  • –nt word cards
  • Rent a Tent sign 
  • Pennies
  • Toy bear or picture of a bear 
  • –nt word blending cards 
  • A Cent to Rent a Tent target text 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will pay a cent to rent something that Kent sent while they play with words that end in  the /nt/ blend such as tent, rent, and sent.

Literacy Activities
Set up a tent with vents.

  • Wrap up a tent (or sheet with slits cut in it) in a box labeled “From: Kent”.
  • Tell the children that a friend named Kent sent you something.
  • Open the box and exclaim – “A tent! I present you with a tent!”
  • Have the children help you set up the tent and point out the vents.
  • Explain to the children that a vent is an opening that lets air come in and out.

Rent time in a tent for a cent to read –nt words.

  • Tell the children that your friend Kent likes to send –nt words.
  • Let the children pretend to be Kent and send –nt word cards through a vent in the tent.
  • Show the Rent a Tent sign and have the children read it out loud.
  • Explain that rent means to pay money to be able to use something, but not keep it.
  • Tell the children that they will pay one cent to rent time in the tent in order to read the words that Kent sent through the vent.
  • Pass out pennies and let the children take turns renting the tent and reading a –nt word that Kent sent through the vent.
  • Make comments such as the following to emphasize the –nt words:
    • “You bent down to get in the tent!”
    • “You went in the tent!”
    • “Did you read the word that Kent sent through the vent?”
    • “Rent time in a tent for one cent!”

Don’t leave a scent.

  • Write the three different spellings of sent/cent/scent on the board and explain what each of the words mean: (i.e. cent is how much a penny is worth, scent is the way something smells, and sent is when something has been delivered).
  • Explain that no one can eat treats in the tent because the scent could be sent through the vent and bring pretend bears.
  • Let the children sniff the vent to make sure there is no scent in the tent.
  • Show the children a toy bear or picture of a bear and send the bear away, telling him that there are no scents in our tent and that bears are not allowed to rent the tent for a cent.
  • Comment that you sent the bear away.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds.

  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or the beginning consonant:
    • tent --> cent; bent --> dent; rent --> went; sent --> vent; scent --> spent
    • tent --> tint; rent --> rant --> runt; went --> want

Read target words in a text.

  • Read the text A Cent to Rent a Tent together as a class/group.
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –nt.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns.

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and have them write words from dictation: tent, rent, cent, sent, scent, vent, spent, went, bent, dent.
  • Have the children write sentences by picking from options presented verbally or in writing:
  • “I spent a cent to…” (rent a tent, get a note through the vent).
  • “We went…” (into a tent, by a vent).
  • Engage the children in interactive writing about their experience. Review target words and phrases from the activities then present sentence frame, sentence completion, gestural, or question prompts incorporating target words and phrases. Provide verbal or written options if needed.
    • Example of an interactive text:
      • Kent _____ (sent) a box with a _____ (tent).
      • We _____ (sent) –nt words from _____ (Kent) through a _____ (vent).
      • We got to _____ (rent) time in the _____ (tent) for one _____ (cent) to read the words that _____ (Kent) sent through the _____ (vent).
    • Examples of sentence completion prompts:
      • “I spent a cent to…” (rent a tent, read a word from Kent).
      • “We bent down…” (to go into a tent, to check a vent for a scent).

SEEL Target Texts

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A Cent to Rent a Tent

We got a tent in a box from Kent.
The tent from Kent had a vent.
Kent sent –nt words through the vent.
We paid a cent to rent the tent.
We bent down and went into the tent.
We read the words Kent sent through the vent.



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