thumper goes thump

Thumper goes Thump

Thumper goes Thump
Target text


Recognize and associate the th digraph with the /th/ sound in words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • thud
  • path
  • both
  • thump
  • thumb
  • thumper


  • Rabbit tracks with th*  
  • Thumbs Up sign*
  • Paper thumbs*
  • Thumper Goes Thump target text*

*Items included below.

The children will make thump and thud noises and associate the th digraph with the /th/ sound.

Literacy Activities
Pretend to be Thumper

  • Tell the children that Thumper was a rabbit that would often thump his foot.
  • Put rabbit tracks with th (see below) on the floor.
  • Let the children thump their feet as they follow a path of th tracks.
  • Say “Thump, thump, thump your foot along the path.”  


  • Have the children trace their foot on paper and put a th on the paper foot.
  • Let the children place the foot on the floor and thump the paper foot with their foot.

Find th objects

  • Invite the children to be Thumper and find a thing to hold up.
  • Show the Thumbs Up sign (see below) and comment, “That’s a thing, and that’s a thing.”
  • Invite the children to thump their feet and say “Thumper sees a thing.”

Put th on thumbs that go thump   

  • Let the children make a thump and thud with their thumb and thumbnail.
  • Invite the children to put th on paper thumbs (see below). 
  • Let the children see if the paper thumb can make a thump and a thud.
  • Ask the children, “Do you hear that /th/ sound in thump, thud, and thumb?” 
  • Tell the children to produce the /th/ sound as they make a thud or thump with their thumbs.

More Practice
Read about Thumper

  • Read the Thumper Goes Thump target text (see below) to the children.
  • Read the text again and invite the children to perform the actions. 
  • Invite the children to thump their feet every time they hear the th sound.

Read and analyze the words

  • Write the words thumb, thump, and thud on the board.  
  • Call attention to the silent b in thumb by covering it up and pronouncing the word.
  • Have the children write the word thumb, hold their thumbs over the b, and read the word.
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SEEL Target Texts

Thumper goes Thump

Let’s be Thumper and go thump, thump, thump.
Thump your foot.
Can you thump your thumb?
Thump your thumb.
Thump, thump, thump.
Thump your thumb.
Thump, thump.
Can your thumb go thud?   
Do you think your thumb can make a thump and thud?
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.