Players, Hitters, and Pitchers


Read and write words that end with -er.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • pitcher
  • catcher
  • hitter
  • player
  • runner
  • watcher


  • Baseball player puppets (see below) attached to craft sticks
  • Marker to label the baseball players
  • Picture of a baseball, bat, glove, and baseball diamond (see graphics below)
  • A Baseball Player target text (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will watch pitchers, catchers, and other baseball players and they will read and write words that end with -er: pitcher, catcher, hitter, player, watcher, runner. 

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Baseball players
    • Have the children choose a baseball player puppet (see below) to form a pretend baseball team.
    • Have the children label the players with a marker and attach props: 
      • Attach the baseball to a puppet with sticky tack and label him pitcher.
      • Attach the baseball bat to a puppet and label hitter.
      • Attach a baseball mitt to a puppet and label catcher.
      • Label other puppets as player.
    • Help the children play a pretend baseball game using the picture of the baseball diamond, ball, bat, and mitt (see below):
      • The pitcher pitches a ball to the hitter with the catcher standing behind.
      • The hitter hits a ball while the players in the field try to catch it.
      • The hitter and other players run the bases.
      • The runners try to make it home.
      • The watchers in the stand cheer for the players. 
      • The players that are not playing are also watchers.

Apply the skill

  • Read target words in a text (see below)
    • Engage the children in reading the target ext A Baseball Player with the group. 
    • Ask the children to look for words that end with -er as you read the text together. Have the children make a list of these words.
    • Read the text again fading support.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write a description about the baseball game. Have them include some of these words or others that end with -er: pitcher, catcher, hitter, player, watcher, runner.

SEEL Target Texts

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A Baseball Player

There is a kid who is a great baseball player.
He can play all of the positions on the team.
He can be a runner.
He can be a pitcher.
He can be a catcher.
He can be a hitter.
The baseball player enjoys being a great player.
Sometimes he is runner.
Sometimes he is a pitcher.
Sometimes he is a catcher.
Sometimes he is a hitter.
What a player!



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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.