Read and write words with the long i vowel -igh.
- Word cards with -ight words*
- Pictures of light sources*
- I Need a Night Light target text*
- The Light Is Too Bright target text*
- Night light or lamp (optional)
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will play with a night light and will read and write words with the long i spelling pattern -igh, such as night, light, bright, right, and tonight.
Kinds of light
- Brainstorm sources of light: lamp light, night light, sunlight, moonlight, flashlight, and starlight.
- Turn off the lights, shine a flashlight on the -ight word cards (see below), and read the words with the children.
- Turn on the lights and show the children the pictures of light sources (see below).
- Have the children write the kinds of light (e.g., sunlight, street light, lamp light, flashlight, night light, and lighthouse).
- Tell the children that they will decide on the right light to pretend to sleep with.
- Comment on how it is easier to sleep when the light is not bright.
- Have the children make signs saying Just right light and Too bright light.
- Show the children the pictures of light sources and ask “Is this light right?”
- Hold up the signs to indicate if each light is just right or too bright to sleep with at night.
- Turn off the lights and show children the light of a night light or lamp (optional).
- Pretend to go to sleep with just a night light and wake up when you turn the lights back on.
Read target words in texts
- 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 with igh: night, light, right, tonight, bright, night light, sight, might, and fright.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Repeat with The Light Is Too Bright (see below).
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Create a word wall with night, light, right, tonight, sight, bright, sunlight, street light, lamp light, flashlight, night light, might, and fright.
- Have the children write about kinds of light.
SEEL Target Texts
The Light is too Bright
The light is bright.
The light tonight is way too bright.
I turn off my lamp light.
I block out the street lights.
But my night light is too bright.
It is not the right amount of light.
There is still too much light.
So I turn off my night light.
Now this is the right amount of light.
Now the night is not too bright.
I can sleep tonight!
I Need a Night Light
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.