turn and stir to churn
Read and write words with the /er/ sound that are spelled with -ur, -ear, -ir, and -or.
- Plastic spoons
- A bowl or cups
- Picture of a person churning butter (optional)
- Learn to Churn Butter target text*
- Word cards*
Items included below.
The children will pretend to stir and turn utensils to churn butter and will read and write words with the /er/ sound spelled with
-ur, -ear, -ir, and -or.
Yearn to learn
- Explain to the children that yearn means to want.
- Ask the children if they yearn to learn how to make butter.
- Show the picture of a person churning butter (optional).
- Explain that to churn means to stir cream until it turns into butter.
- Tell the children that they will pretend to churn butter.
- Let children take turns pretending to stir and churn cream into butter with the plastic spoons and bowl/cups.
Read how to churn butter
- Display the Learn to Churn Butter target text (found below).
- Read the target text to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
- Read the target text again and stop at each word that has the /er/ sound (e.g., butter, work, twirl, turn).
Sort words into different /er/ spellings
- Show a stack of word cards (found below) to the children.
- Display labels (found below) for the different /er/ spellings: ur, ear, ir, and or.
- Invite the children to sort words into the different /er/ spellings under the appropriate labels.
Write a sentence using a target word
- Have the children write words from dictation in a list (e.g., work, learn, stir, churn, burn, turn, butter, whirl, twirl, earn, dirt, first, hurl, yearn, word).
- Invite the children to write a sentence or two using words with the /er/ sound from their list.
SEEL Target Texts
Learn to Churn Butter
Take a Turn to Stir and Churn
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.
Turn and Stir to Churn