Read, write, and identify words beginning with the blend /str/.
- Straight strips of paper
- Paper/cloth streamers
- String and straws
- Strut and Stride Down the Street target text and sentence strips
Tell the children they will make straight streets while practicing reading and writing words that begin with /str/.
Comment that in the words street and straight the letters s, t, and r combine to make /str/.
Make different kinds of streets
- Let the children use straight strips of paper and line them up to make a straight street (strips of paper placed parallel with an area between to be the street).
- Have the children make other straight streets using string or straws.
- Let the children place down streamers (made of cloth or paper) in curvy lines to make a street that is not straight.
- Make a street with stripes by placing strips of paper (or by drawing lines with chalk) in the street to connect the parallel lines.
- Let the children strew strips, streamers, or string all over the streets. Comment on how they wouldn’t really strew streamers or strips of paper or string all over a real street.
- Have the children make signs to label each type of street: straight, not straight, striped, strewn with strings and straws.
Act out various /str/ activities on the street
- Let the children choose a sentence strip. Then have them read the sentence and act out the action on the different kinds of streets they made:
- Stand in a straight line then stroll down a straight street.
- Strut down a street that is not straight.
- Strew strings and straws while striding down the street.
- Stop and stretch on a street with stripes.
Read target words in texts:
- Engage the children in reading the target text Strut and Stride Down the Street together with the group.
- Have the children make a list of the words that begin with /str/.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Have the children reenact the activity as they read by pretending there is a street on their desk and using their fingers to strut and stroll along the street.
Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: street, stripes, strips, strings, straws, stroll, and strut. Let them write about what they can do with different kinds of streets (e.g., I can strut down a straight street. I can make a street with stripes. I can stroll down a street that is not straight. I can strew straws and strings down a street.)
SEEL Target Texts
Strut and Stride Down the Street
Let’s strut down the straight street.
Look! A street that is not straight!
Let’s stroll down the street that is not straight.
Look! A striped street!
Let’s take large steps as we stride down the striped street.
Look! A street that is strewn with strings!
Let’s stream streamers down the street that is strewn with strings.
We can strut, stroll, and stride down a street.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B: Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.