strips and straps

Strips and Straps

Strips and Straps
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • strip
  • strand
  • strange
  • strap
  • strong
  • stripe


  • Paper and cloth to rip into strips and straps
  • String, yarn, or loosely woven piece of cloth that can be pulled apart into strands and strings
  • Tape, glue, or stapler to attach straps and strings to objects
  • Paper folded to make a bag or tote (fold the paper in half and staple the sides)
  • Boxes, cups, bowls, or Styrofoam food containers/trays to attach straps to
  • Object with straps (e.g., purse or backpack)
  • Markers, chalk, or paint to put stripes and streaks on streamers or straps
  • Rip Cloth into Strips and Strands Target Text 
  • Make Strips and Straps from Paper Target Text 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will make strips, straps, and strings as they read and write words that begin with /str/.

Literacy Activities
Struggle to rip strips of paper or cloth

  • Struggle to rip or cut several layers of paper, cloth, or cardboard.
  • Comment on having to be strong to rip cloth or a stack of paper (i.e., “It takes strength to rip strips of cloth,” “You have to be strong.”).
  • Let the children pull yarn, string, or loosely woven fabric apart into strands and strings.
  • Show how putting strings or strands together makes them become strong.
  • Have the children write the words ‘strings’ and ‘strands’ many times on a piece of paper and then glue or tape strings and strands on the paper

Make straps and put them on objects

  • Show the children an object with straps then have them rip strips of cloth/paper to make straps.
  • Have the children label the strips of cloth or paper by writing strip for a strap on each strip.
  • Attach the straps to a folded piece of paper (with tape or stapler) to make a small tote bag.
  • Attach strips to boxes, cups, bowls, or Styrofoam food containers/trays to make more objects with straps.

Put stripes and streaks on strips and straps

  • Have the children use a marker to put stripes on strips and straps.
  • Have them label each stripe with the word stripe.
  • Put streaks on the strips and straps with water on markers or paint.
  • Comment that the stripes and streaks look strange.

More Practice
Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity

  • Read the text Rip Cloth into Strips and Strands together with the group.
  • Have the children make a list of the words that begin with /str/.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the text Make Strips and Straps from Paper.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: strip, strand, strange, strap, strong, string, streak, stripe, struggle. Let them write a sentence about what they did with strips and straps (e.g., I like to make strips, strands, and strings. I struggled to rip strong strips. I used strips to make straps. I put stripes and streaks on strips of paper).
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SEEL Target Texts

Rip Cloth into Strips and Strands

We can rip some cloth to make strips.
We need to be strong to make the strips.
It’s a struggle to rip cloth into strips!
We can pull on the strips of cloth to make strands and strings.
But be careful not to strew strands and strings all over the place!

Make Strips and Straps from Paper

Straps can be made with strips of paper.
Rip paper into strips to make straps.
Put stripes on the straps.
Put the straps with stripes on bags or boxes.
It’s fun to make straps with stripes from strips of paper.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.