Spider Gets Wider
Read and write words that end with the r-controlled vowel combination –er.
- Pictures of a spider (see graphics below) taped to a balloon and a string
- Cup with pretend or real cider for the spider
- Letter cards for blending and manipulating words (see below)
- A Spider Drinks Cider and Gets Wider target text (see below)
- A Spider Who Isn't a Strider target text (see below)
State and model the objective
Show the children a picture of a spider. Explain that they will make pretend to watch the spider get wider while they read and write words with the r-controlled vowel combination ?er. Make a list of words with the r-controlled vowel combination -er: spider, wider, cider, strider, rider, glider, slider, walker.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Watch a spider get wider
- Tape a picture of a spider (see below) to a balloon or draw a picture of a spider on the balloon.
- Pretend to give the spider a cup with cider.
- Blow up the balloon and watch the spider get wider after drinking cider.
- Have the children write a sentence about the spider (e.g., A spider drinks cider and gets wider) and provide support as needed.
- Watch the spider be a rider, glider and slider
- Make a spider puppet by taping a picture of a spider (see below) to a string.
- Read the target text A Spider Who Isn't a Strider and have the children act out the text using the puppets:
- Hold the string for the spider and make the spider ride a child's shoulder. Comment that the spider is a rider.
- Make the spider glide through the air from place to place and comment that the spider is a glider.
- Make the spider slide along the ground and comment that the spider is a slider.
- Comment that the spider doesn't walk or stride because he doesn't like being a walker or a strider.
Apply the skill
- Phonological Awareness
- Word Building:
- With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
- spider --> wider; rider --> strider; glider --> slider; pitcher --> catcher
- Read target words in a text (see below)
- Engage the children in reading the target text A Spider Drinks Cider and Gets Wider, as a class/group.
- Read the text again fading support.
- Ask the children to look for words with the r-controlled vowel pattern -er as you read the text together.
- Have the children make a list of the words with the r-controlled vowel pattern -er.
- Repeat with A Spider Who Isn't a Strider.
- Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write a description about the spider and what they saw the spider do. Have the children include some of these words or others with the r-controlled vowel pattern -er: spider, wider, cider, strider, rider, glider, slider.
SEEL Target Texts
A Spider Drinks Cider and Gets Wider
She opens her mouth, wider and wider.
She chugs the cider,
and she gets wider and wider.
A Spider Who Isn't a Strider
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.
Spider Gets Wider