Chew and Chomp
Read and write words beginning with the ch- digraph.
- 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-.
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 c and h 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.
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.
Chew and Chomp