spout, sponge, and spot

Spout, Sponge, and Spot

Spout, Sponge, and Spot
Target text


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).

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • spin
  • split
  • sprinkle
  • splat
  • spool
  • space


  • /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)
  • Word cards 
  • Things to Do with Spouts and Spots 
  • Spin Spouts and Sprinkle Spots 

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.

Literacy Activities
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 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/.
  • Let the children split the words by cutting or tearing off the /sp/ at the beginning of each word.

More Practice
Read target words in a text

  • Engage the children in reading Things to Do with Spouts and Spots 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.

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.
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SEEL Target Texts

Things to Do with Spouts and Spots

There are lots of 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

Spin a spout.
Did it stop on a spot?
Did it stop in a space?
Spill spots.
Did they spill in a space?
Did they spill on a spot?
Spoon spouts.
Did the spouts go splat on a spot?
Did the spouts go splat in a space?
Sprinkle spots.
Did the spots land on a spot?
Did the spools land in a space?
Did the spots spread all over the place?
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.