thirteen thorns

Thirteen Thorns

Thirteen Thorns
Target text


Read and write words spelled with the digraph th.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • thirty
  • think
  • three
  • thirteen
  • thousand


  • 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.

Literacy Activities
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.

More Practice
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”).
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SEEL Target Texts

How Many Are There?

Think about this picture.
How many things are in the picture?
Three hundred?
A thousand?
Three thousand?
Guess how many you think.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.