fly a kite tonight
Read and write words with long i vowel pattern –igh (e.g., tonight, flight).
- Kite parts (see graphics below)
- Colored pencils or crayons
- Wooden craft sticks (two per kite)
- Scissors and tape/glue
- Short length of string (one per kite)
- Kite graphic (see below) for a writing activity
- Fly a Kite Tonight target text (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will pretend to go on a picnic and fly a kite and they will read and write words spelled with -igh: sight, flight, might, tonight.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Make a bright kite
- Write bright kite on the board and point out that both words have the long i sound, but they have different spellings.
- Explain that kite is spelled with the long i silent e pattern, and bright is spelled with the –igh pattern.
- Invite the children to color the kite parts (see graphics below) with bright colors.
- Ask the children to write bright kite on the diamond kite part.
- Instruct the children to cut out the diamond (kite) and triangle (tail) kite parts.
- Have the children tape or glue the wooden craft sticks together in the shape of a lowercase t.
- Tell the children to tape or glue the diamond onto the craft sticks so that it looks like a kite.
- Help the children tape or glue the triangles to string then have them attach the string to one end of the kite to make a tail.
- Fly a kite at night
- Help the children read the words on the word cards (see below).
- Point out that all of the words are spelled with the long i vowel pattern –igh.
- Let the children attach the word cards to the tail of the previously assembled kite.
- Allow the children to pretend to fly the kite at night.
- Make comments such as the following to emphasize words that end with –ight:
- The kite might take flight.
- Hold tight with all your might to the string of your kite.
- It’s a delight to fly a kite on a bright night.
Apply the skill
- Read target words in a text
- Engage the children in reading the target text Fly a Kite Tonight (see below) together with the group.
- Have the children make a list of the words in the text with spelled with -igh.
- Read the text again fading support.
- Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Create a word wall with words from the activity: night, flight, might, tight, sight, right, fight, fright, tonight, delight.
- Give the children a kite graphic (see below) and have them write about flying a kite at night using words from the word wall.
SEEL Target Texts
Fly a Kite Tonight
It is a bright and windy night.
I hold on tight to the kite as it takes flight.
I hope my kite doesn’t fly out of sight.
What a sight when my kite is in flight.
I love to fly my kite tonight.
Fly a Kite Tonight