Path to the Bath

Objective

Read and write words spelled with the th digraph.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • path
  • bath
  • thing
  • throw
  • thud
  • thump

 

Materials:

  • Word cards (see below) placed in a path on the floor leading to the bath
  • Bowl or bucket labeled with the Bath sign (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below) placed in a path on the floor leading away from the bath
  • Masking tape to mark the edges of the path (optional)
  • A Path to a Bath target text (see below)
  • Thump Down a Path to a Bath target text (see below)
  • Find Things on a Path target text (see below)

 

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will take a path to a bath and they will read and write words spelled with th: path, bath, thing, thump, thud. Point out that the letters th written together make the /th/ sound.

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Follow the path to the bath
    • Label a bucket or bowl with the Bath sign (see below).
    • Set up a path to the bath using the word cards (see below) and a path from the bath using letter cards (see below).
    • Outline the edges of the paths with masking tape (optional).
    • Have the children follow the path of word cards, saying, “Thump!” every time they take a step.
    • Help the children read each word card they encounter as they follow the path to the bath.
    • When they get to the bowl or bucket labeled Bath, have the children put the word cards in the bath.
    • Allow the children to follow the path of th letter cards away from the bath.
    • Comment that the children found the letters th on both paths.
    • On the board, write “This path,” “That path,” and “Both paths.”
    • Emphasize that the letters th make the /th/ sound.

 

Apply the skill (Choose from the activities below)

  • Read target words in texts
    • Engage the children in reading the text A Path to a Bath (see below) together with the group.
    • Have the children find and underline the letters th throughout the text.
    • Have the children hold up their thumbs and say the /th/ sound each time they underline a word spelled with th.
    • Read the text again, fading support.
    • Repeat with the texts Find Things on the Path and Thump Down a Path to a Bath (see below).
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Create a word wall of words from the activity spelled with th: path, bath, cloth, thing, thumb, thud, thump.
    • Let the children write about taking a path to a bath using the words from the word wall.

 

SEEL Target Texts

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Find Things on a Path

Along a path we find a thing.
A thing to play with in the bath.
A thing to throw into the tub.
A thing that goes thud, thump or thud.
What is the thing?
It’s a ball!
Throw the play thing in the bath.
Thump, thud, thunk.

A Path to a Bath

Take a path to take a bath.
Go thump, thump along the path to the bath.
Find a thing along the path I
Take the thing to play with in the bath.
Find a cloth along the path
Bring the cloth to wash with in the bath.
Get ready to take a bath.
Throw the play thing in the bath.
Thunk, thunk!
Throw the wash cloth in the bath.
Thud, thud!
Take a bath!

Thump Down a Path to the Bath

Thud, thump, bump
Down the path.
Thud, thump, bump
Down the path to the bath.
At the end of the path,
I brush my teeth,
I take a bath.
What a thrill to . . . .
Thud, thump, and bump
Down the path to the bath.

Printouts

Standards

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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.

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