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:

  • wider
  • rider
  • spider
  • fatter
  • slider
  • strider
  • creeper

Materials:

  • A balloon
  • String
  • Cup with pretend cider
  • Picture of a spider*
  • Syllable cards*
  • A Spider Gets Wider and Wider target text*
  • A Spider Gets Fatter and Fatter target text*
  • A Spider Can be a Rider target text*
  • A Spider Likes Cider and Gets Wider target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will watch a spider get fatter and wider and then read and write words that end in -er, such as spider, wider, rider, glider, slider, and walker
 
Literacy Activities
Watch a spider get fatter and wider

  • Draw a picture of a spider on a balloon.
  • Blow up the balloon little by little and show how the spider gets fatter and fatter and wider and wider. 
  • Have the children write “The spider gets wider and wider.”

Read target words in a text 

  • Engage the children in reading A Spider Gets Wider and Wider target text (found below). 
  • 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.

Watch the spider be a rider, glider, flyer, strider, walker, and slider

  • Tape a picture of a spider (found below) to a string.
  • Read A Spider Can Be a Rider and have the children act out the text using the following puppet:
    • Rider: Hold the string for the spider and make the spider ride a child's shoulder. 
    • Flyer or glider: Make the spider glide through the air.
    • Slider: Make the spider slide along the ground or slide down a child’s arm or leg.
    • Strider or walker: Make the spider walk or stride along a piece of paper.

More Practice
Identify and make words with -er

  • Write words that end in -er for the children to see (e.g., spider, wider, strider, glider, slider, rider, ripper creeper; slipper, snapper, fatter, patter, splatter, matter, faker, maker, striker, and strider).
  • Have the children put syllable cards together (found below) to recreate these words (e.g., fa + kerfaker and pat + ter patter).

 
Read target words in a text 

  • Engage the children in reading A Spider Likes Cider and Gets Wider (found below). 
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Read the text A Spider Gets Fatter and Fatter with the children.
  • Have the children help you make a list of the words with the -er vowel pattern that they encountered in the texts.

Write about the activity using target words 

  • Let the children write about what the spider can be: a rider, glider, strider, walker, flyer, and slider. 
  • Have the children write about the spider getting fatter and fatter and wider and wider.

SEEL Target Texts

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A Spider Gets Wider and Wider

There was once a spider who loved peach cobbler.
It loved it so much that it became quite a gobbler.
 
It ate and ate and grew fatter and fatter.
It grew wider and wider.
Oh, what was the matter?
 
The poor spider needs to get thinner and thinner.
It should not eat peach cobbler for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

A Spider Gets Fatter and Fatter

There once was a spider who loved to eat grass-hoppers.
He loved to eat striders and sometimes heel-walkers. (REAL BUGS from Africa)
 
He ate and ate and grew fatter and fatter.
He had to stay lower. He couldn’t climb higher.
 
Maybe the spider should not eat so many striders and heel-walkers.
And he should not eat so many grass-hoppers.

A Spider Likes Cider and Gets Wider

There is a spider that likes to drink cider.
It opens its mouth, wider and wider.
It chugs down the cider.
And the spider gets wider and wider.
That spider likes cider!

 

A Spider Can Be a Rider

There is a spider who can get around in lots of ways.
It can take big strides and be a strider.
It can slide on its web and be a slider.
It can glide on a thread too and be a glider.
It can pitter patter on its legs and be a walker.
It can creep along slowly and be a creeper. 
It can ride on the back of another spider and be a rider.
 
The spider can be a strider, slider, glider, walker, rider, or creeper.
It can get around in so many ways.

 

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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