- Puzzle graphic
- Dice graphic
- Pizza box
- Unfinished Story handout
State and Model the Objective
The children will build a pizza puzzle and then read and write words spelled with the zz letter combination such as fuzzy, sizzle, blizzard, drizzle, and mozzarella.
Build a pizza puzzle
- Put the children into groups and give each group a cut-out pizza puzzle graphic with two dice.
- Have each group get into a circle, mix up the puzzle pieces, and then lay them face-up on the floor.
- Read the words on the pizza slices to the children and explain any new vocabulary words as needed.
- Ask the children what the words have in common (the zz letter combination).
- Invite the children to take turns rolling the two dice.
- Have the children read both words on each die (provide support if needed).
- If both dice show the same word, the child can take the corresponding puzzle piece and put it in the pizza box.
- If the dice do not match, it is the next child's turn to roll them.
- Play until all pieces make a pizza in the pizza box.
Identify the double letters
- Have the children take turns removing a piece of the pizza out of the pizza box and reading the word on it.
- Invite the children to circle the zz letter combination in each target word.
Pizza vs. Puzzle
- Ask the children if they see any similarities between the words pizza and puzzle (both contain two Zs).
- Slowly sound out both of the words while emphasizing the initial /p/ sound, and then ask the children what sound the words have in common.
- Slowly sound out both of the words again, this time emphasizing the /z/ sound found in puzzle and the /ts/ sound found in pizza.
- Ask the children if they hear the difference between the sounds.
- Explain that the word pizza is a special word where the two Zs make the /ts/ sound not the /z/ sound.
Finish the story
- Make a list of target words used throughout the lesson and help the children think of other words that have the zz letter combination in it.
- Give each child an Unfinished Story handout and display it for all the children to see.
- Explain that the children will help fill in the missing target words to finish the story.
- Read the completed story and then invite the children to fill out their handout.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.