Double zz Puzzle


Read and write words spelled with the double letter combination zz in the middle of the word.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • drizzle
  • buzzard
  • frazzle
  • fuzzy
  • sizzle
  • blizzard
  • puzzle


  • Puzzle graphic (see below)
  • Dice graphic (see below) -- print 2, fold on lines, and glue tabs
  • Pizza box


State and model the objective

Tell the children that will build a pizza puzzle as they read and write words spelled with the double letter zz combination.

Practice the skill with an activity

Build a pizza puzzle

  • Mix up the puzzle pieces, lay them face up on the floor, and have the children sit around them.
  • Read the words on the pizza slices to the children, explaining any new vocabulary words as needed.
  • Ask the children what the words have in common (the double letter zz combination).
  • Have the children take turns rolling the two dice.
  • Have the children read both words on each die (provide support if needed).
    • If both dice read the same word, then the child can take the corresponding puzzle piece and put it in the pizza box.
    • If the dice don't match, it is the next child's turn to roll them.
  • Play until all pieces of the pizza are in the pizza box.

Apply the skill

Read and write target words/patterns introduced in the activity (see text/s below)

  • Have the children take turns removing a piece of pizza out of the pizza box and reading the word on it.
  • Once all the words have been read, point to the word pizza on the box and the words on the pieces of pizza.
  • Ask the children if they see anything the same between the words (notice that both words contain two Zs). Then, slowly sound out the words. Ask the children what they hear that is the same (both begin with the letter p). Ask the children if they hear anything different in these two words (the double Zs make different sounds). Explain, that although the word pizza has two Zs, it is a special word. The two Zs in this word make the /ts/ sound not the /z/ sound.
  • Have the children brainstorm the activities they did in the lesson, and write them on the board (e.g.; We got to play the double zz pizza puzzle. We read words with double Zs in the middle.) Write three to four sentences on the board. Read them together as a class.
  • Have the children come up, underline, and read the double Z words in the sentences.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3.C: Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.