Catch and Match the Eggs


Read and write words that end with the -tch digraph.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • catch
  • batch
  • match
  • patch
  • hatch
  • watch


  • Plastic Easter eggs (assorted colors)
  • Basket or container
  • Word cards
  • Tape
  • Word blending cards 
  • Egg puzzle pieces graphics
  • Catch and Match target text 

Tell the children they will catch and match eggs while they read and write words that end in –tch, such as catch, batch, match, patch, and hatch.

Literacy Activities
Watch eggs hatch

  • Put word cards inside plastic eggs and place them in a basket or container.
  • Write the words batch and hatch on the board, point out the -tch endings, and explain that those letters together make the /ch / sound.
  • Tell the children you have a batch of eggs that are about to hatch and show them the plastic eggs.
  • Have the children pretend to watch the eggs hatch as they help you open the eggs.
  • Allow the children to take turns reading the words that hatched out of the eggs.

Catch and match a batch of eggs

  • Show the children a basket of plastic eggs that have been opened and separated and tell them you need their help to match the batch of eggs.
  • Display a list of words ending in -tch and read them together with the children.
  • Set up an assembly line as follows:
    • The first group of children snatch the halves of eggs from the basket and toss them to the second group.
    • The second group of children catch the egg halves and match the colors then toss the eggs to the last group.
    • The last group of children write words ending in –tch from the word list on small strips of paper and put them in the eggs.
  • After all of the eggs are matched and have words in them, hatch the batch of eggs and read the words inside.

Patch the –tch words

  • Let the children cut or rip the word cards along the dotted line.
  • Have the children match the pieces and patch them back together with tape.
  • Invite the children to read the matched and patched word cards aloud.

More Practice
Phonological Awareness

  • Use the egg puzzle pieces to make –tch words.
    • Mix up the egg puzzle pieces.
    • Match the pieces together then patch them using tape.
    • Read the words created by matching the eggs.
  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • catch --> batch; batch --> patch; hatch --> match
    • patch --> pitch; hatch --> hitch --> hutch; snatch --> snitch
    • catch --> cash; match --> mash

Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the Catch and Match target text with you.
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Ask the children to listen for –tch words as you read the text together.
  • Have the children make a list of the –tch words that they heard.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: catch, batch, match, patch, snatch, hatch.
  • Using a -tch word list, have the children write the sentences below, inserting an appropriate target word in each blank, supporting as needed.
  • Example of an interactive text:
    • We can ______ (watch) eggs ______ (hatch) from a ______ (batch).
    • We can _____ (snatch) and _____ (catch) the egg halves.
    • We can _____ (match) the _____ (batch) of eggs.
    • We can write words like _____ (batch, catch, match) and _____ (latch, patch, watch) to put in the eggs.

SEEL Target Texts

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Catch and Match

Here’s a game to play with plastic eggs:
Get a batch of egg halves.
Snatch an egg half from the batch.
Toss an egg half to a friend to catch.
Let the friend find a match for that half.
Write a word like ‘catch’ and put the matched halves together.
Let another friend pretend to hatch the egg.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.