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)
State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will pretend to feed Charlie chocolate and cherries and read and write words beginning with ch-.
Practice the skill with an activity
Chomp and chew
- Print Charlie puppet graphic (see below) 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.
Apply the skill
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