Thump and Thud


Read and write words spelled with the digraph th.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • thump
  • thumb
  • thud
  • three


  • Thumb graphics (see below)
  • Tape to attach the thumb graphic
  • Thump signs (see below)
  • Word cards (see below)
  • Thump and Thud target text (see below)


State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will thump with their thumb and they will read and write words spelled with th: thump, thumb, thud. Point out that the letters th written together make the /th/ sound.

Practice the skill within an activity

Thump like Thumper

  • Tell the children about the rabbit named Thumper from the movie Bambie.
  • Explain that Thumper got his name because he could thump his foot.
  • Ask the children to thump one foot like Thumper.
  • Show the children the Thump signs (see below) and point out that one sign has three thumps.
  • Alternate holding up the signs and have the children thump one time or three times as indicated by the sign.

Thump thumbs

  • Have the children cut out the thumb graphic (see below), being careful not to cut off the flaps on the side of the thumb.
  • Tell the children to write the letters th on the thumb graphic.
  • Help the children attach the graphic to their thumb by folding the flaps around their thumb and taping the flaps down.
  • Help the children read the word cards (see below).
  • Allow the children to thump their thumb on the letters th in the word on each card.

Apply the skill

Read target words in texts (see below)

  • Have the children underline the words spelled with th in the target text Thump and Thud (see below).
  • Read the target text Thump and Thud to the children and allow them to thump their foot each time they see a word spelled with th.
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
  • Read the target text Thump and Thud again fading support.
  • After reading the text, have the children look at the three words: thump, thud, and thumb.
  • Analyze the sounds at the end of the words; have the children put their thumb over the b in thumb and explain that the letter b is silent.

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., thump, thud, thumb, three) then have the children write a sentence about what they did with the thumb thrower (e.g., I thumped my thumb three times).


SEEL Target Texts

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Thump and Thud

Be like Thumper and go thump, thump.
Thump your foot.
Thump, thump, thump.
Thud, thud.
Now thump your thumbs.
Thump, thump, thump.
Thump your thumb.
Thump, thump.
Thumbs can go thump too!



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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.