Chirp and Perch


Read and write words with -ir, -er, and -ur.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • fir
  • bird
  • dirt
  • perch
  • chirp
  • church


  • 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

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Perch and Chirp

Do you hear a bird 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.

Chirp, Chirp!

I hear a chirp! Do you hear a chirp?
It is a bird! 
The bird is in the fir tree.
Now the bird flies down to the dirt. 
Can the bird find a worm in the firm dirt?
Yes, the bird finds a worm in the dirt.
Now the bird flies up to a church.
She can perch on the church and eat her worm!



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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.