Thirteen Thorns


Read and write words spelled with the digraph th.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • think
  • three
  • thirteen
  • thirty
  • thousand


  • Pictures of groups of objects (see below)
  • Number word cards (see below)
  • How Many Are There? target text (see below)
  • Sticky notes or small pieces of paper

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will practice writing the word for numbers that start with the letters th (i.e., three, thirteen, thirty, thousand) as they estimate numbers of objects.

Practice the skill within an activity.

  • How many?
    • Tell the children they will use numbers that start with th to estimate how many items are in a picture.
    • Explain that estimate means to guess how many objects there are in the picture.
    • Read the target text How Many Are There? (see below) to the children and ask them to underline the words in the text that are spelled with th.
    • Show the children a group of objects (see graphics below) and have them estimate how many objects are in the picture.
    • Ask the children to place a number word card by the picture to indicate the estimated number of objects.
    • Repeat with the other groups of objects.
    • Have the children label each group of objects (i.e., three thumbs, thirteen thorns, thirty thimbles, one thousand thumbtacks) using sticky notes or small pieces of paper.

Apply the skill

  • Read target words in texts
    • Read the target text How Many Are There? (see below) to the children.
    • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
    • Read the text again fading support.
    • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with th.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Help the children create a word wall (or use one previously created) of words spelled with th (i.e., three, thirteen, thirty, thousand, thorn, thumbtack, thimble).
    • Have the children write one or two sentences about the groups of objects from the activity (e.g., I see three thimbles).

SEEL Target Texts

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How Many Are There?

Think about this picture.
How many things are in the picture?
Three hundred?
A thousand?
Three thousand?
Estimate how many you think.



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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.