A Little Better
Read and write words spelled with the double consonant pattern -tt in the middle of words.
- A Sputtering, Puttering Old Car target text (see below)
- A Place Filled with Clatter and Clutter target text
- Small pieces of paper (optional) – 1 for each child
- Pencils (optional) – 1 for each child
State and model the objective
Tell the children that today they will read some stories together as they read and write words spelled with the double consonant tt pattern.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Sputtering, puttering car
- Read A Sputtering, Puttering Old Car and A Place Filled with Clatter and Clutter.
- Instruct the children to close their eyes and imagine as you read.
- Read the text A Sputtering, Puttering Old Car. Instruct the children to pretend like they are driving an old car that sputters along. Explain unfamiliar words such as “sputter” or “putter.”
- Read the text A Place Filled with Clatter and Clutter. (see below.)
- Tell the children, “I know of a place that is filled with clatter and clutter. I shudder when I think of it. Imagine you are in this place as I read the story.”
- Optional Variation: Have a couple of children act out each text as it is read.
Apply the skill
- Read and write targt words
- Have the children take turns reading and underlining double letter tt words in the target texts.
- Have the children write about the old car or the cluttered place. Encourage them to use as many double letter tt words from a list as possible (see the list of target words above).
SEEL Target Texts
A Sputtering, Puttering Old Car
It splatters and spatters water as it goes.
But the car isn’t a quitter.
It clatters, flutters, jitters, and skitters along.
We drive through a puddle.
And it goes spattering, clattering, rattling, and sputtering along.
This old car is getting more jittery every day.
The engine gets hotter and hotter.
The tires get flatter and flatter.
I think it may finally be quitting.
I can do a little better.
I can find a car that doesn’t rattle, splatter, flutter, clatter,
and sputter along.
A Place Filled with Clatter and Clutter
I shudder when I am in it.
In this place there is a lot of chitter-chatter and clatter.
What a noisy place!
There are people trotting, rattling, and strutting around.
You can hear people swatting at flies.
It’s not just a little noisy – it’s really noisy.
And in this place, I’m spotting lots of clutter.
This place is an utter mess!
There are people squatting on the floor wearing tattered clothes.
There are critters trotting and strutting around.
There are critters fluttering around.
In this place, I’m spotting rotten food splattered on the wall.
In this place, there is litter scattered everywhere.
There are platters shattered on the floor.
And all the chairs and sofas are in tatters.
This place gives me the jitters.
Let’s find a better place to be!
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3.C: Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.
A Little Better