Dirt Will Not Hurt the Shirt

Objective

Read and write words with the r-controlled vowels -ir and -ur (e.g., shirt, squirt, spurt).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • squirt
  • dirt
  • shirt
  • skirt
  • spurt
  • hurt

Materials:

  • Bottle that squirts (e.g., an empty pump bottle used for hand soap or shampoo; a spray bottle)
  • Dirt
  • Picture of a shirt and skirt outlined and cut out on a sheet of plastic or laminated (see below)
  • Word cards (see below) placed in a sheet protector and covered in dirt
  • Dirt on My Shirt target text (see below)
  • Dirty Shirt target text (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children that they will do an activity with a shirt, skirt, and dirt. They will also read and write words spelled with -ir and -ur: squirt, spurt, dirt, shirt, skirt.

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Squirt dirt off of -ir and -ur words
    • Place the word cards (see below) in a plastic sheet protector and cover them with dirt.
    • Allow the children to use a bottle to squirt the dirt off of the words.
    • Once the words are clear, have the children read the words.
    • Explain to the children that although some of the words are spelled with -ir and others with -ur, they make the same sound.
  • Clean dirty shirts and skirts
    • Read the target text Spurt Water on a Dirty Shirt (see below) together with the group.
    • Show the children the (laminated or cut-out plastic) shirt and skirt and the cup of dirt.
    • Allow the children to sprinkle dirt onto the shirt and skirt. 
    • Have the children trace words spelled with -ir and -ur (i.e., dirt, shirt, skirt, squirt, spurt, hurt) in to the dirt on the shirt and skirt.
    • Comment that the dirt won't hurt the shirt and skirt.
    • Show the children how to spurt and squirt water onto the shirt and skirt to wash away the dirt.

Apply the skill (Choose from the activities below)

  • Read target words in texts
    • Engage the children in reading the target text Spurt Water on a Dirty Shirt (see below) together with the group.
    • When reading the sentence about getting a spurt of water, show the children how to give a fast little push on the pump to get a spurt or a burst of water. 
    • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ir or -ur.
    • Read the text again fading support.
    • Repeat with the target text A Shirt and Skirt with Dirt (see below)
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Let each child practice writing words from dictation: squirt, spurt, dirt, skirt, shirt. Then let the children write about what they did during the activity. (e.g., There was a shirt and skirt. There was dirt on the shirt. I got a squirt to wipe off the dirt.)

SEEL Target Texts

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A Shirt and Skirt with Dirt

A Shirt!
A shirt with dirt!   
There?s dirt on this shirt.
Will the dirt hurt the shirt?
No! Just squirt off the dirt.
Now it is a shirt without dirt!
 
A skirt! 
A skirt with dirt!
There?s dirt on the skirt.
Will the dirt hurt the shirt?
No! Just squirt off the dirt.
A skirt without dirt!

Spurt Water on a Dirty Skirt

There's a skirt.
There's some dirt.
Put some dirt on the skirt!
Let water spurt onto the dirty skirt.
Squirt the dirt off the skirt.
Now you have a skirt without dirt!
 
There's a shirt.
There's some dirt.
Put some dirt on the shirt!
Let water spurt onto the dirty shirt.
Then squirt the dirt off the shirt.
Now you have a shirt without dirt!

Printouts

Standards

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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.

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