icky, crazy soup

Icky, Crazy Soup

Icky, Crazy Soup
Target text


Read and write words that end with the long e vowel pattern -y.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • icky
  • tiny
  • dirty
  • shiny
  • fuzzy
  • sticky


  • A pot with a towel covering the top
  • Picture cards or items to hide in the pot (e.g., a penny, a ball of yarn, a rock, history or mystery books, a small plastic spider or cricket, candy)
  • Word cards*
  • Icky Crazy Soup target text*
  • Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel (2011) (optional)
  • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown (1947) (optional)

*Items included below.

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will make an icky, yucky soup and will read and write words that end in the long e vowel -y, such as quickly, shiny, penny, prickly, frizzy, tiny, dirty, many, and sticky.

Literacy Activities
Icky soup

  • Read Stone Soup by Marcia Brown or Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel (optional).
  • Read the word cards (see below) with the children and point out that the long e words end in -y.
  • Place the items or picture cards (see below) in the covered pot.
  • Let the children pull out the items from the pot one at a time.
  • Have the children choose a word card to go with each item (e.g., shiny penny, fuzzy yarn, dusty key, dirty rock, tiny spider, sticky candy).
  • Have the children put the items and word cards back in the pot to make a crazy, yucky soup.

Read target words in texts

  • Read the target text Icky Crazy Soup (see below) to the children.
  • Have the children underline the words that end with -y in the text.
  • Read the text again to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the text with you.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Display -y words on a word wall (e.g., shiny, fuzzy, dusty, dirty, tiny, sticky, prickly, penny, candy, icky, goopy, frizzy, messy, jelly, shrimpy, yummy, slimy, grimy, kitty, fluffy). 
  • Let the children write about putting crazy things in a soup (e.g., “We put fuzzy yarn in a crazy soup”).
  • Have the children rewrite the text using words from the word wall. 


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SEEL Target Texts

Icky Crazy Soup

It’s almost dinner time!
Quickly! Quickly! We need to make some goopy soup!
We can throw in many things . . .
One shiny penny,
Two prickly thorns,
Three fuzzy balls of yarn,
Four dirty rocks,
Five pieces of sticky candy,
Six jars of messy jelly,
Seven itsy-bitsy spiders,
Eight tiny crickets,
Nine yummy blueberries,
Ten fluffy kitty cats,
And twenty sticky stickers!
It’s fun to make an icky, sticky, goopy soup!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.