Spider Gets Wider

Objective

Read and write words that end with the r-controlled vowel combination –er.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • spider
  • wider
  • cider
  • strider
  • rider

Materials:

  • 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

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A Spider Drinks Cider and Gets Wider

There is a spider that likes to drink cider.
She opens her mouth, wider and wider.
She chugs the cider,
and she gets wider and wider.

A Spider Who Isn't a Strider

There is a spider who isn't a strider.
He doesn't like to stride along.
He likes being a rider, a glider, or a slider.
But he doesn't like being a walker or a strider.

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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