Cloth and Thread


Read and write words spelled with the digraph th.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • cloth
  • moth
  • path
  • thick
  • thin
  • thread


  • Thimble, ‘finger size’ bottle caps to pretend to be thimbles, or picture of a thimble (see below)
  • Cloth or cloth graphic (see below)
  • Thick and thin thread or pictures of thread (see below)
  • Picture of moth (see below)
  • Signs (see below)
  • Thread word cards (see below)
  • Moth on the Cloth target text (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will set up a booth that sells cloth and threads and they will practice reading and writing words spelled with th: moth, thread, thick, thin, cloth, booth, path, thimble.

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Set up a booth that sells cloth, thread, and thimbles
    • Write thread and cloth on the board and explain that the letters th spelled together make the /th/ sound.
    • Designate a chair or table to be a booth that sells cloth, thread, and thimbles.
    • Set up a path to the booth with signs (see below) along the way.
    • Help the children make signs to label the cloth, thin thread, thick thread, and thimble.
    • Set out cloth, thick and think thread, and thimbles (real or pretend) with the labels the children made.
    • Pretend to have a moth (see graphic below) come to the booth and explain that moths sometimes damage cloth.
    • Let the children chase after the moth and shoo it away by swatting it with swatches of cloth.
  • Sell cloth, thread, and thimbles
    • Allow the children to pretend to be customers who buy cloth, thread, and thimbles at the booth.
    • Set out the thread word cards (see below) and let the children pretend to buy cards.
    • Help the children read the word on each card that they buy.
    • Point out that all of the words are spelled with the letters th, which make the /th/ sound.

Apply the skill

  • Read target words in a text
    • Have the children underline the words spelled with th in the text Moth on a Cloth (see below).
    • Read the text Moth on a Cloth to the children.
    • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
    • Read the Moth on a Cloth text again fading support.
    • Have the children list the words from the text spelled with th.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Have the children draw a moth and a cloth then ask the children to write “I see a moth on a cloth.” under the drawing.
    • Help the children create a word wall (or use one previously created) of words spelled with th (i.e., moth, thread, thick, thin, cloth, booth, path, thimble) then have the children write sentences about their experience with the booth using words from the word wall.​​​​​​

SEEL Target Texts

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Moth on a Cloth

A cloth!
Cloth is made of thread, thick threads or thin threads.
But, be careful with your cloth!
Because a moth likes cloth.
A moth likes to eat cloth.
A moth will eat thick threads.
A moth will eat thin threads.
A moth can eat your cloth!



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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.