Read and write words spelled with the digraph th.
- Thimble or finger-sized bottle caps to serve as thimbles
- Picture of a thimble*
- Cloth or a picture of cloth*
- Picture of a moth*
- Thick and thin thread or a picture of thread*
- Word cards*
- Signs that include words with th*
- Moth on the Cloth target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
The children will set up a booth that sells cloth and threads and will read and write words spelled with th, such as moth, thread, thick, thin, cloth, booth, path, and thimble.
Set up a booth that sells cloth, thread, and thimbles
- Write thread and cloth on the board and explain that the th makes the /th/ sound.
- Designate a table to be a booth that sells cloth, thread, and thimbles.
- Set up a path to the booth with the signs (found below) along the way.
- Help the children make signs to label the cloth, thin thread, thick thread, and thimbles.
- Set out cloth, thick and thin thread, and thimbles (real items or pictures found below) with the labels the children made.
- Pretend to have a moth (picture found below) come to the booth and explain that moths sometimes eat cloth.
- Let the children shoo away the moth by swatting it with pieces of cloth.
Sell cloth, thread, and thimbles
- Place out the sign that says Path to the booth! (found below).
- Set out the thimbles, thick and thin threads, and cloth.
- Allow the children to come to the booth to buy cloth, thick and thin thread, and thimbles.
- Demonstrate how thread can be threaded through a needle and how a thimble can be used to push the needle and thread into cloth.
- Invite the children to pretend to thread their needles and push their needle and thread into their cloth.
- Point out that the words thimble, thick thread, and thin thread start with the /th/ sound.
Read target words in a text
- Read the Moth on a Cloth target text (found below) to the children.
- Have the children underline the words spelled with th in the target text.
- Engage the children in reading the text with you.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Have the children list the words from the text spelled with th.
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Have the children draw a moth and a cloth, then, under the drawing, ask the children to write “I see a moth on a cloth.”
- Help the children to create a word wall with words spelled with th.
- Have the children write sentences about their experience with the booth using words from the word wall (e.g., “I can buy thick and thin thread.”).
SEEL Target Texts
Moth on a Cloth
A Booth Sells Cloth and Thread
Cloth and Thread