three thieves

Three Thieves

Three Thieves
Target text


Read and write words spelled with the digraph th.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • thud
  • thief
  • three
  • thump


  • Pictures of racoons*
  • Word cards*
  • Three Thieves target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make thumps and thuds and then read and write words with th, such as thump, thud, and thief.

Literacy Activities
Read about three thieves

  • Write the words three, thump, thieves, and think and state that th makes the /th/ sound.
  • Read the target text Three Thieves (found below) to the children and have them find the th digraph.   

Make thumping sounds

  • Hold up the word cards (found below) that say thump, thud, and thwack.
  • Have the children read the words and try to make the sounds that go with the words.

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Read Three Thieves to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the text with you and support if needed.
  • Have the children make a list of the words with th.

Write about thieves going thump and thud

  • Display a word wall with th words (e.g., thump, thud, thief, three, think, threat, thank).
  • Have the children write about thinking there are thieves (e.g., “Three thieves went thump and thud,” “I thought I heard thieves,” “The thieves went thump and thud,” “But there were no thieves,” “I’m thankful there was no threat of thieves”).
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SEEL Target Texts

Three Thieves

I hear a thump!
I hear a thud!
I think it is a thief.
Wait, it is not a thief.
I only thought it was a thief.
There is no threat.
The thump was from three raccoons!
Three raccoons were making thumps and thuds.
I am thankful it was not a thief!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.