Spout, Sponge, and Spot
Read, write, and identify words beginning with the /sp/ blend.
Read and write words with multiple meanings as a noun or verb (e.g. spout, sponge, spot).
- /sp/ objects: spouts (cut off the tops of water bottles), spots (paper circles), spools (empty thread spools), spoons, spatulas, sponges
- Water bottles and a container of water
- /sp/ commands (see sentence strips below)
- Word cards (see below)
- Things to Do with Spouts and Spots (see target text below)
- Spin Spouts and Sprinkle Spots (see target text below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will practice reading and writing words that begin with /sp/: spill, splash, spin, spout, spoon, spot, spool, spray, splat, space.
Practice the skill within an activity
Play with different meanings of words
- Demonstrate that some words can be nouns (stand for things) and some can be verbs (stand for actions).
- Squeeze a water bottle to make the water spout out (action) and then show a spout cut out from a water bottle (thing).
- Spoon water out of a container (action) then point to and label a spoon (thing).
- Sponge (action) up spilled water then point to and label a sponge (thing).
- Scatter paper spots (thing) around the room then look around to spot (action) the spots.
Act out commands using actions and things that start with /sp/
- Set out objects that begin with /sp/ (e.g., spots, spouts, sponge, spoon, spatula, spools, spray bottle).
- Have the children choose sentence strips (see below) and help them read the commands on the strips.
- Let the children act out the commands on the sentence strips using the objects (e.g., Spin a spool. Spin a spout. Sprinkle some spools. Sprinkle some spots. Spoon spots onto a space. Splat a sponge with a spatula. Sprinkle some spots on spools).
Split words that start with /sp/
- Help the children read word cards showing words from the activity that start with /sp/ (see below).
- Let the children split the words by cutting or tearing off the /sp/ at the beginning of each word.
Apply the skill
Read target words in a text
- Engage the children in reading Things to Do with Spouts and Spots (see text below) as a group.
- Ask the children to listen for words that begin with /sp/ as you read the text together.
- Have the children make a list of the words that begin with /sp/.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Repeat with the text Spin Spouts and Sprinkle Spots (see text below).
Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write about what they did with the /sp/ objects and actions using water. Have them include some of these words: spin, split, spot, spool, space, spatula, sponge, spout, spoon, sprinkle.
SEEL Target Texts
Things to Do with Spouts and Spots
I can spin a spout in a space.
I can watch water spout out of a spout.
I can sprinkle spots in spaces.
I can spot spots around the room.
I can spin a spout in water to make water spots.
I can spoon water into a spout and onto a spot.
I can sponge up water spots made by spouts and spoons.
I love to play with spouts and spots!
Spin Spouts and Sprinkle Spots
Did it stop on a spot?
Did it stop in a space?
Did they spill in a space?
Did they spill on a spot?
Did the spouts go splat on a spot?
Did the spouts go splat in a space?
Did the spots land on a spot?
Did the spools land in a space?
Did the spots spread all over the place?
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B: Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Spout, Sponge, and Spot