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Players, Hitters, and Pitchers
Target text


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling -er.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • player
  • hitter
  • runner
  • viewer
  • pitcher
  • catcher


  • Marker
  • Baseball player graphics
  • Ball, bat, glove, and baseball diamond graphics
  • A Baseball Player target text 

State and Model the Objective
The children will watch pitchers, catchers, and other players and then will read and write words that end with -er such as pitcher, catcher, hitter, player, viewer, and runner
Literacy Activities
Baseball players

  • Have the children choose a baseball player picture.
  • Label the players pitcher, hitter, catcher, and player.
  • Give props to the players:
    • The ball to the pitcher.
    • The bat to the hitter.
    • The mitt to the catcher.
  • Play a pretend ball game with a pretend ball.
  • Illustrate a game with the baseball players:
    • The catcher stands behind the hitter.
    • The pitcher pitches the ball to the hitter.
    • The hitter hits the ball.
    • A player tries to catch the ball.   
    • The hitter runs the bases.
    • Other runners make it home.
    • The viewers cheer for the players. 

More Practice
Read target words in a text 

  • Read the A Baseball Player target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you.  
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write target words

  • Let the children write the roles of the players with a marker: pitcher, catcher, hitter, player, and runner.

SEEL Target Texts

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A Baseball Player

There is a boy who is a great baseball player.
He can play all of the positions on the team.
He can be a runner.
He can be a pitcher.
He can be a catcher.
He can be a hitter.
There is a girl who is a great baseball player.
She can play all of the positions on the team.
She can be a runner.
She can be a pitcher.
She can be a catcher.
She can be a hitter. 
These baseball players enjoy being great players.
Sometimes they are runners.
Sometimes they are pitchers.
Sometimes they are catchers.
Sometimes they are hitters.
What great players!



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.