Sputter and Rattle
- Broken-down car graphic
- Putter graphic
- Car graphic
- Storyboard graphic
- A Sputtering, Puttering Old Car target text
- My Cluttered Bedroom target text
State and Model the Objective
The children will pretend to fix a sputtering car and then read and write words spelled with the tt letter combination, such as clatter, clutter, little, chatter, and better.
Sputtering, rattling car
- Show the children the broken-down car graphic, and explain that the car is sputtering and rattling because of the damaged parts.
- Write the words sputter and rattle on the board, and point out that both words have the tt letter combination in the middle.
- One by one, allow the children to “change out” the parts listed below by placing a new part on top of the old parts.
- Tell the children that, as they replace the parts, the sputtering and rattling will get better.
Find a putter among the clutter
- Hide the putter graphic among some clutter.
- Explain to the children that you are looking for your putter (a special golf club) and you need their help to clean up the clutter in order to find it.
- Have the children clear the clutter by placing things back in their spots.
- Repeat activity if desired.
Read and identify target words
- Display the A Sputtering, Puttering Old Car target text for all the children to see.
- Read the target text to the children
- Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
- Invite the children to make a list of the tt words in the target text.
Identify the target word
- Put the children into groups of two, and then give each pair a storyboard and a car graphic.
- Demonstrate that the storyboard matches the events from the A Sputtering, Puttering Old Car target text.
- Have one child hold the storyboard while the other child moves the car graphic along the storyboard as the target text is read to the class again.
- Let the children switch roles and repeat the activity.
- Invite the children to take turns underlining the tt combination in the words on the storyboard.
Write about the activity
- Read the My Cluttered Bedroom target text to the children and have them make a list of the tt words in the text.
- Have the children use their lists to write about the old car or the cluttered place with as many tt words as possible (e.g., My room has clutter and critters).
SEEL Target Texts
A Sputtering, Puttering Old Car
It splatters 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,
or sputter along.
My Cluttered Bedroom
I have clothes and toys scattered all over!
I hear a rattle by my leftovers!
That’s it! It’s time to clean up this clutter!
I get the jitters as I think of the critters I might find by the peanut butter.
Under my clothes I find my forgotten toys.
There’s the Butter Battle Book—but what was that noise?
The noise over there, in the litter.
As I get close to the rotten leftovers, I see them!
I yell for my mom! The critters scattered.
I’ve learned my lesson.
I will never let my bedroom get that cluttered again!
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Sputter and Rattle