Tricky Train Trip

Tricky Train Trip
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • train
  • trip
  • tree
  • trunk
  • treat


  • Chairs (set up in two columns) – 1 per child
  • Tray
  • Treats (e.g., cookies, candy) – 1 per child
  • Trees (made out of green and brown butcher paper)
  • Shoeboxes or equivalent cardboard box – 1 per child
  • Train Trip target text
  • Train Trip song target text

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that today they are going to take a train trip as they listen for words that begin with /tr/.

Literacy Activities
Train trip

  • Tell the children that before they go on the train trip, they'll need to pack their trunks.
  • Give each child one of the shoeboxes and have them pack a few things into the box, which will act as their trunk.
  • Lead the children over to the chairs and have each child sit in one of the chairs, putting their “trunk” under their seats.
  • Write the Train Trip song for the children to see, and chant the song together, emphasizing and pointing to words that begin with /tr/.

More Practice
Read target words

  • Read the Train Trip text together.
  • Call on a few children to underline the words in the text containing the /tr/ blend.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Give the children the following prompt: “On the train trip, I saw…”
  • Write a list of /tr/ words on the board.
  • Using the words, have the children write 2-3 more sentences to finish the prompt (example words include tree, treat, tray, trunk, etc.)
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SEEL Target Texts

Train Trip Song

Going on a train trip!
Past a trio of trees!
Pack our trunks!
Get a tray of treats!
Not a true train trip!
Travel on the train!

Train Trip

We are going on a train trip!
We pack our trunks
and get on the train.
We try some treats from a tray
and pass a trio of trees.
Train travel is fun!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.