Chirp and Perch
Read and write words with -ir, -er, and -ur.
- Bird pattern (see below) and paper sacks to make a bird puppet
- Fir tree and church graphics (see below)
- Worm word cards (see below)
- Chirp, Chirp target text (see below)
- Chirp and Perch target text (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will play a game with a bird and they will practice reading and writing words spelled with -ir, -ur, and -er: bird, fir, dirt, chirp, perch.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Chirp like a bird
- Have the children cut the bird head and the bird body (see graphics below) and glue the parts to paper sacks to make a bird puppet.
- Explain that baby birds chirp for their mother to feed them and mother birds peck in the dirt to find worms to feed their babies.
- Point out that worm and bird both have the /er/ sound but they are spelled differently.
- Pretend that an area of the room is a garden with dirt and place the word cards (see below) on the floor.
- Have the children pick up a word card and read the word on the card.
- Let the children feed the word card (worm) to the bird by putting the worm into the mouth on the paper sack bird puppet.
- Perch like a bird
- Tell the children that birds sometimes like to perch. Explain that perch means to rest in a high place.
- Hold up pictures of a fir tree and a church (see below).
- Have the children make the paper bird perch in the fir tree then on the church.
- Have the children write a sentence telling where the bird can perch (e.g., a bird can perch on a church).
Apply the skill
- Read target words in texts
- Engage the children in reading Chirp, Chirp (see text below) together with the group.
- Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ir, -er, and -ur.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Repeat with the target text Chirp and Perch.
- Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: perch, bird, chirp, fir, worm, firm. Have the children write about what a bird can do using some of these words (e.g., A bird can chirp. A bird can perch on a church).
SEEL Target Texts
Perch and Chirp
It is a baby bird hungry for a worm.
Do you see the mother bird perched by her nest?
The mother bird is perched in a birch tree.
Do you see the mother bird fly down to the dirt?
The mother bird is digging in the firm dirt to get a worm.
Do you see the mother bird fly up to the fir tree?
The mother bird brings a worm to her baby.
It is a bird!
The bird is in the fir tree.
Can the bird find a worm in the firm dirt?
Yes, the bird finds a worm in the dirt.
She can perch on the church and eat her worm!
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
Chirp and Perch