Night Light


Read and write words with long i vowel pattern –igh (e.g., tonight, flight).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • night
  • light
  • tonight
  • bright
  • right


  • Word cards (see below)
  • Light graphics (see below)
  • Flashlight
  • Nightlight and lamp (optional)
  • I Need a Night Light target text (see below)
  • The Light is too Bright target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will play with a night light and they will read and write words with the long i spelling pattern -igh: night, light, bright, right, tonight.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Kinds of light
    • Explain to the children that there are different sources of light, such as lamp light and sunlight.
    • Turn off the lights then shine a flashlight on the word cards (see below).
    • Explain that the word cards show kinds of light.
    • Help the children read the words using the flashlight to see the cards.
    • Point out that the words on the cards are spelled with –ight.
    • Turn on the lights then show the children the light graphics (see below).
    • Have the children label the graphics: sunlight, street light, lamp light, flashlight, nightlight, and lighthouse.
  • Night Light
    • Tell the children that they will pretend to sleep, so they need to find the right amount of light.
    • Speak with the children about how it is easiest to go to sleep when the light is not bright.
    • Have the children make signs saying just right and too bright.
    • Show the children the light pictures and ask “Is this light right?” for each picture.
    • Have the children hold up a sign for each picture to indicate if the light is just right or too bright for sleeping at night.
    • Comment that night lights are not bright so they are just right for sleeping at night.
    • Turn off the lights and show children the light of a night light and lamp
    • Have the children pretend to go to sleep with just a night light on, then have them “wake up” as you turn the rest of the lights back on.


Apply the skill

  • Read target words in texts (see below)
    • Engage the children in shared reading of the target text I Need a Night Light (see below).
    • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with igh: night, light, right, tonight, bright, nightlight.
    • Read the text again fading support.
    • Repeat with the target text The Light is Too Bright.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Create a word wall of words from the activities and text spelled with –igh: night, light, right, tonight, sight, bright, sunlight, street light, lamp light, flashlight, night light.
    • Have the children write about kinds of light using words from the word wall.


SEEL Target Texts

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The Light is too Bright

I cannot sleep tonight.
The light is very bright.
The light tonight is too bright.
I turn off my lamp light.
I hide the street lights.
But my nightlight is very bright.
It is still not the right amount of light.
There is still too much light.
So I turn off my night light.
Now this is right.
Now the night is not too bright.
I can sleep tonight!

I Need a Night Light

I cannot sleep tonight.
The dark gives me a fright.
The lamp light is too bright.
A flashlight is not right.
I need a night light!
A night light is not too bright.
A night light gives the right amount of light.
A night light is just right.
I can sleep tonight if I turn on my nightlight.



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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.