Chew and Chomp


Read and write words beginning with the ch- digraph.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • chocolate
  • chips
  • cherries
  • cheese
  • chomp
  • chew


  • Real, paper, or pretend ch- foods (refer to food cards)
  • Charlie puppet (attach a plastic bag to the back of his mouth, optional)
  • Chips or chocolate chips for the children (optional)

Tell the children that they will pretend to feed Charlie chocolate and cherries and read and write words beginning with ch-.

Literacy Activities
Chomp and chew

  • Print Charlie puppet graphic onto cardstock (or glue printout to cardstock or cardboard) then attach Ziploc bag (optional) to the back of the mouth per instructions on the graphic.
  • Write the words chomp and chew on the board and explain that when and are written together they make the /ch/ sound.
  • Explain to the children that Charlie only likes to chomp and chew foods that begin with the letters ch.
  • Invite the children to take turns choosing a real, paper, or pretend food to feed to Charlie. 
  • As the children choose a food, have them read the name of the food on the card (give support if needed).
    • If the food starts with the /ch/ sound, instruct the child to put it into Charlie’s mouth and say, “Charlie chomps and chews ___.”
    • Have the children set aside any non-ch foods.
  • Make a list of all the ch foods Charlie chomped and chewed.
  • Optional: Give each child chips or chocolate to chomp and chew.

More Practice
Read target words in a text

  • Ask the children to help make up a recipe using the ch foods from the activity (e.g., Chewy Chocolate Cherries or Cheesy Chips).
  • Display the recipe for the children to see and read it together as a class.
  • Have the children choose and underline the beginning ch combinations they find in the recipe.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Help the children make up their own brief recipe using ch foods from the list they create.
  • Instruct the children to underline each ch word in their recipe.
  • Have the children read their recipes to a partner.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.A: Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.