Read and write words spelled with the digraph th.
- Sticky notes or small pieces of paper
- Pictures of groups of objects*
- Number word cards*
- How Many Things? target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will associate the th digraph with the /th/ sound and will estimate three, thirteen, thirty, and a thousand objects.
Guess how many
- Tell the children they will guess what three, thirteen, thirty, and a thousand things look like.
- Read the target text How Many Things? (see below) with the children and ask them to find the words with th.
- Show the children groups of things (see below).
- Have the children estimate how many things are in the pictures.
- Ask the children to place a number card (three, thirteen, thirty, or thousand) by each picture to indicate the estimated number.
Write about thinking of things
- Help the children create a list of words with th (e.g., three, thump, thud, thorn, thin, thick, think, thirteen, thirty, thumbtack, thimble, thousand, thread, thumb).
- Have the children write about thinking or things from the list (e.g., “I think I see three thimbles,” “I think there are thirteen thumbs”).
SEEL Target Texts
How Many Are There?
How many things are in the picture?
Guess how many you think.