Special Sports


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sport
  • special
  • spy
  • speed
  • spin
  • spot


  • Colored circle stickers
  • Spoons
  • Masking Tape
  • Spots (see below)
  • Specks that sparkle (glitter or any sparkly paper or object or sprinkles that go on cupcakes) (optional)
  • Water
  • sponges
  • Spouts (top of a water bottle cut off to be a spout)
  • Spray water bottle
  • Special Sports List target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they are going to play some special sports as they practice words beginning with the /sp/ sound.

Practice the skill within an activity

Special Sports

Divide children into eight groups and have them rotate through the eight special sport centers:

  1. Spiders that spring up
    • Have the children move like jumping spiders that spring up high to catch a bug.
  2. Spy a spot and spin on it
    • Put dots on the floor and let the children use their hands as binoculars to spy the spots.
    • Let the children sprint to the spots and spin on the spots.
  3. Speed speak
    • Pick a short rhyme or tongue twister and see which child can say it the fastest.
  4. Spoons that spill only on spots
    • Give each child a spoon with specks of spots or sprinkles or sparkles inside to balance on a finger or nose.
    • Let the children see if they can spill the spots or sprinkles only in certain spots.
  5. Spin on a space
    • Use masking tape to make a small circle on the ground and have each child spin in the space.
  6. Sprint to a special space or spot
    • Have the children start at a space and sprint to a certain spot. Comment on their speed: “Sprinters are speedy.”
  7. Splash and spill water and sponge it up
    • Let one child splash water and see how speedily two children can sponge it up.
    • Have teams compete to see who is the speediest in sponging up the water.
  8. Spray water out of a spout and sponge it up
    • Spray water in spouts on spots or spaces and see who can be speedy in sponging up the water.

Apply the skill

  • List the special sports on the board, emphasizing the /sp/ sound.
  • Have the children write down what their favorite special sport was and why.

SEEL Target Texts

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Special Sports

* Spin on a spot or in a space
* Be spiders that spring up high
* Spy a spot and spin on it
* Be speedy as you speak
* Spill specks from spoons only on spots
* Spill or spray water and be speedy in
sponging it up
* Sprint to a spot



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