Chirp and Perch

Chirp and Perch
Target text


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spellings -ir, -er, and -ur.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • fir
  • bird
  • word
  • dirt
  • chirp
  • perch


  • Bird pattern
  • Paper sacks
  • Fir and birch tree graphics
  • Worm word-cards 
  • Chirp, Chirp, Chirp target text
  • Chirp and Perch target text

State and Model the Objective
The children will help a bird perch on trees and then read and write words spelled with -ir, -ur, and -er, such as bird, fir, dirt, chirp, and perch.
Literacy Activities
Chirp like a bird

  • Glue the bird head and bird body graphics to the paper sacks to make puppets. 
  • Explain that baby birds chirp and that the mother bird pecks in the dirt to find worms for their babies. 
  • Pretend that an area of the room has dirt and place the word cards on the dirt.
  • Have the children pick up a word card and read the word on the card.
  • Let the children feed the word card with the worm to the bird.

Perch like a bird

  • Tell the children that birds sometimes like to perch in trees.
  • Hold up pictures of a fir tree and a birch tree. 
  • Have the children make the paper bird perch in the fir tree and then in the birch tree.

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the Chirp, Chirp, Chirp target text together as a group. 
  • Have the children find the words with -ir, -er, and -ur in the text.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the Chirp and Perch target text. 

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Let the children write words as you say them: perch, bird, chirp, fir, worm, firm
  • Have the children write about how a bird can chirp and perch.  
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SEEL Target Texts

Perch and Chirp

Do you hear a bird chirp?
Chirp!   Chirp!   Chirp!
A baby bird wants a worm. 
Do you see a mother bird?
The mother bird is perched on a fir tree.   
Do you see the mother bird fly down to the dirt?
The mother digs for a worm.
Do you see the mother bird fly up in the fir tree?
The mother bird brings the worm to the baby bird.
The baby bird eats the worm and chirps again.
Chirp!   Chirp!   Chirp!  

Chirp, Chirp, Chirp!

I hear a chirp! Do you hear a chirp?
It is a bird! 
The bird is in a birch tree.
The bird flies down to the dirt. 
The bird finds a worm in the dirt.
Then, the bird flies back up to perch on the birch tree.
It will perch on the birch tree and eat its worm!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.