Find the Thimble
Read and write words spelled with the digraph th.
- Thimble or picture of a thimble (see below)
- Thick and thin needles (with the pointed ends taped to avoid injury) or pictures of needles (see below)
- Thick and thin thread or pictures of thread (see below)
- Find the Thimble target text and Thick and Thin Thread target text (see below)
- 3X5 index cards or small pieces of paper
State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will see thick and thin thread and they will read and write words spelled with th: thick, thin, thread, thimble. Point out that the letters th written together make the /th/ sound.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Thick and thread
- Show the children thick and thin needles (with the pointed end taped) or pictures of needles (see below).
- Have the children label the needles thick and thin.
- Show the children thick and thin thread or pictures of thread (see below) and have them label the thread thick and thin.
- Show the children a thimble or picture of a thimble (see below) and explain that thimbles are used to protect thumbs while using a needle and thread.
- Allow the children to try to thread the types of thread through the needles with the thimble on their thumb (optional).
- Find the thimble
- Read the text Find the Thimble (see below) to the children and have them circle the letters th throughout the text.
- Read the text again slowly and let the children hold up their thumbs each time they hear a word with the /th/ sound.
- Explain the directions for the Find the Thimble game as follows:
- The children close their eyes while one child hides the thimble in a visible place (not inside something).
- The child who hid the thimble says, “One, two three! Where can it be?”
- The other children open their eyes and search for the thimble.
- Allow the children to play the Find the Thimble game.
Apply the skill
- Read target words in texts (see below)
- Have the children underline the words spelled with th in the text Thick and Thin Thread (see below).
- Read the text Thick and Thin Thread to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
- Read the text Thick and Thin Thread again fading support.
- Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Introduce a word wall displaying target words from the lesson (i.e., thimble, thread, thin, thick, think, thumb).
- Have the children write words from the word wall on 3X5 cards or small pieces of paper then allow them to play the Find the Thimble game using word cards instead of the thimble.
- Refer the children to the word wall and have them write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text (e.g., Put a thimble on your thumb).
SEEL Target Texts
Find the Thimble
Time to hide the thimble!
It is a small thing.
I must think where to hide it.
One, two, three!
Time to find the thimble.
Where can it be?
Thick and Thin Thread
There are thick and thin threads.
Think about which thread to use with a thin needle.
Does the thick thread go in the thin needle?
Does the thin thread go in the thick needle?
Does the thick thread go with the thick needle?
Does the thin thread go with the thin needle?
Be careful with thick and thin threads and needles!
Find the Thimble