A Cellar For Cinderella


Read and write words spelled with the soft C.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • cellar
  • certain
  • certainly
  • ceiling
  • Cinderella
  • cement
  • cell
  • celery
  • cinnamon
  • cereal
  • cinders
  • center
  • cent
  • cinch
  • celebrate


  • A New Story of Cinderella target text
  • Cinderella dress up clothes and props (optional)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they will read a new story about Cinderella as they read and write words spelled with the soft C. Explain to them that a "soft C" occurs when the letter C in a word is pronounced with the /s/ sound.

Practice the skill with an activity

  • Cinderella
    • Read A New Story of Cinderella out loud to the class. Point out that this isn’t the real Cinderella story. It is just a made up version with many soft C words in it.
    • Optional: After reading through the story once, pass out dress up clothes and props to the children that correspond to the story. Retell it as the children act it out. Emphasize words that begin with the soft C. Give the children dialogue from the story with soft C words in it (e.g., Cinderella says, “I’m in the cement cellar, I could certainly use some help.”)


Apply the skill

  • Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity (see text/s below)
    • Give each child a copy of the New Story of Cinderella target text.
    • Instruct the children to find and circle each word in the text that begins with a soft C.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Instruct the children to list the soft C words from the story.
    • Let the children write their own story about Cinderella using soft C words. Provide support as needed.

SEEL Target Texts

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A New Story of Cinderella

Cinderella stayed in a cellar.
It was a cement cellar with a cement ceiling.
She only ate celery and cinnamon cereal.
In the center of the cellar was a pile of cinders.
Cinderella didn’t own a cent.
She only had cinders.
Cinderella didn’t like the cement cellar.
But Cinderella can get help getting out of the cellar.
It will certainly be a cinch for a fairy godmother to get Cinderella out of the cellar.
The godmother gets Cinderella out the cellar.
Now Cinderella can find her prince.
And we can celebrate with Cinderella!


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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.