catch and match the eggs

Catch and Match the Eggs

Catch and Match the Eggs
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • match
  • catch
  • batch
  • hatch
  • patch
  • fetch
  • pitch
  • snatch


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

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will catch and match eggs and read and write words that end in -tch, such as fetch, catch, batch, match, patch, and hatch.
Literacy Activities
Let eggs hatch

  • Display a list of words ending in tch and read them with the children (e.g., catch, batch, match, patch, hatch, snatch, fetch, scratch, itch, clutch, switch, sketch, pitch).
  • Put -tch words inside plastic eggs and allow the children to hatch the eggs and read the words.

Fetch, pitch, catch, and match a batch of eggs

  • Set up an assembly line and designate children to engage in the following:
    • Fetch an egg.
    • Snatch it from the batch.
    • Pitch the egg and have another child catch the egg. 
    • Hatch the egg to find a word that ends in tch.
    • Match eggs of the same color.
  • Build words
    • Have children try out different beginning consonants or consonant clusters (ma-, ca-, sna-, pi-, ba-, ha-, la-, fe-, ske-, scra-, clu-, swi-) with the tch ending.
    • Have the children write the words and place them in eggs.
    • Let the children hatch the batch of eggs and read the words inside.

Patch -tch words

  • Let the children cut the egg pieces (found below) into two parts.
  • Mix up the egg puzzle pieces.
  • Match the pieces and then patch them together.
  • Invite the children to read the words created by matching the eggs.

Make new words

  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or the beginning consonant:
    • catch batch; batchpatch; hatchmatch
    • patch pitch; hatchhitch; snatchsnitch

Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the Catch and Match target text with you (found below).
  • Have the children make a list of the -tch words from the text.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Let the children write words from dictation: catch, batch, match, patch, snatch, hatch.
  • Have the children write or complete sentences that incorporate the -tch words:
    • Eggs ______ (hatch) from a ______ (batch) of eggs.
    • We can _____ (snatch) and _____ (catch) eggs.
    • We can _____ (match) the _____ (batch) of eggs.
    • We can write words like _____ (batch, catch, match) and _____ (latch, patch).
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SEEL Target Texts

Catch and Match

Here’s a game to play:
  • Fetch a batch of eggs.
  • Snatch an egg from the batch.
  • Write words like catchbatchsnatchfetch, or pitch
  • Put a word in an egg.
  • Pitch the egg and let a friend catch the egg.
  • Let the friend match words—match catch with catch and batch with batch...
  • Put words that match in an egg.
  • What will hatch from the batch?
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.