See a Sight and Take Flight


Read and write words with the long i spelling pattern –igh.


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sight
  • flight
  • fright
  • light
  • bright
  • night
  • tight


  • Flashlight
  • Monster and coat rack graphics (see below)
  • See a Frightful Sight target text (see below)
  • Take a Flight target text (see below)
  • Word building cards (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will see a sight and take a pretend flight while they read and write words with the long i spelling pattern –igh. Make a list of words with igh: sight, light, bright, night, high, sigh.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • See a frightful sight
    • Turn off all the lights in the classroom and pretend it is night.
    • Show the children the monster graphic (see below) and pretend to see a frightful sight.
    • Have the children close their eyes tight so they don’t see the frightful sight.
  • Let the children turn on a bright light
    • Replace the monster graphic with the coatrack graphic (see below).
    • Comment that the frightful sight is not so scary in the bright light.
    • Have the children give a sigh of relief that the bright light chased away the frightful sight.
    • Make a list of the words used throughout the activity with the long i spelling pattern –igh (i.e., light, night, sight, bright, frightful, sigh).
  • Take a flight
    • Read the target text Take a Flight (see below), emphasizing words with the long i spelling pattern –igh.
    • Let the children act out the story:
      • Close your eyes tight and pretend it is night.
      • Turn on a bright flashlight and open your eyes to see the light.
      • Shine the bright light left, right, high and low to take a flight around the room.
      • See the sights on the flight with a bright light.
      • Turn off the flashlight.
      • Close your eyes tight and pretend to sleep through the night.


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:
        • light --> flight; right --> night; fright --> bright
        • sigh --> sight; nigh --> night
  • Read target words in texts (see below)
    • Engage the children in reading the target text See a Frightful Sight as a class/group.
    • Have the children make a list of all of the words with the long i spelling pattern –igh as you read the text together.
    • Read the text again fading support.
    • Repeat with the target text Take a Flight.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write about what the frightful sight or flight with a light. Have them include some of these words: sight, flight, fright, light, bright, night, tight.


SEEL Target Texts

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Take a Flight

We use a flashlight to take a flight.
We shine the bright light high, low, left and right.
We let the light take a flight.
We see many sights with the light.
We turn off the bright light.
We close our eyes tight and sleep through the night.
We dream of the sights we saw on our flight.

See a Frightful Sight

Pretend it is night.
It’s night! There is no light.
Turn on a flashlight.
Look at that sight!
What a frightful sight.
We close our eyes tight.
Now we open our eyes and turn on a bright light.
Bright! Bright! The light is bright.
And we see a sight in the light.
The bright light shows that it’s NOT a frightful sight.
We sigh and we’re glad that there is no fright.



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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.