Kite Kit

Objective

Read and write texts that contrast long and short vowel words.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • kit - kite
  • mad - made
  • tap - tape
  • tack - take
  • cut - cute
  • bit - bite
  • hid - hide
  • dim - dime
  • sack - sake

Materials:

  • Paper, cardboard, or file folder cut in the shape of a kite (a triangle)
  • Box or bag to serve as the kit to keep the kite materials
  • Sticks, string, tape, scissors
  • Dimes
  • A Kit to Make a Kite target text (see below)
  • I Have a Kit to Make a Kite text (see below)
  • To Make a Kite from a Kite Kit target text (see below)
  • Fly the Kite Made from a Kit target text (see below)

 

State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they’re going to put together a kite kit and then with the kit, make a kite fly.

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Short vowel vs. long vowel words
    • Tell the children they will read short and long vowel words and explore turning short vowel words into long vowel words.
    • List short and long vowel word pairs from the targets list above and read the words with the children. Point out that the long vowel words have a silent e at the end and explain that children can change the short vowel into a long vowel by adding the silent e to the end of the word.
  • Put together a kit to make a kite
    • Have the children read the text A Kit to Make a Kite as they put together their kits.
    • Give the children a dime and let them purchase the materials for a kite kit for a dime.
    • Let the children place items for making a kite (string, sticks, tape, paper or cloth cut in the form of a triangle, paper fins to decorate the kite) in a kit (box or bag).
    • State that the kit will make a kite, not a bike or trike or plane. It won’t make something to ride, but it will make something to fly.
  • Make the kite
    • Have the children read the text To Make a Kite from a Kite Kit.
    • Let the children make a kite from the materials in their kite kit.
  • Fly the kite
    • Have the children read the text Fly the Kite Made from a Kit.
    • Let the children take turns trying to fly the kite. The children watching can comment on how to make the kite fly (run to make the wind push the kite up) and on what the kite does (e.g., zips up, tips down).

Apply the skill

  • Using letters written on bottle caps or lids, have the children create short vowel words and change them into long vowel words (and vice versa) by adding or removing the silent e: kit - kite; mad - made; tap - tape; rag - rage; pal - pale, mat - mate; tack - take; cut - cute; rip - ripe; sit - site; bit - bite; hid - hide; slid - slide, dim - dime; fin - fine; gap - gape.
  • Have the children re-read the text A Kit to Make a Kite and write their own version of the text using key words and phrases listed on the board: kite, kit, make, string, twice or two times the size, tape, hole, sticks, file folder (or paper), dime, bike, plane, fly, space, shape of a kite, twice, fine, cute, nice.
  • Have the children re-read the text To Make a Kite from a Kite Kit and write their own version of the text using key words listed on the board: kite, kit, make, take, place, tape, sticks, string, hole, tie, space.
  • Have the children re-read the text Fly the Kite Made from a Kit and write their own version of the text using key words listed on the board: kite, sit, race, zip, tip up, dip down, wind, push, nice, fine.

SEEL Target Texts

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A Kit to Make a Kite

Let’s make a kit to make a kite.
What does a kite kit need?
A kit to make a kite needs some string.
A kit to make a kite needs some tape.
A kit to make a kite needs some sticks.
A kite kit needs a file folder to cut in the shape of a kite.
Now we have a kit to make a kite.
You can buy the kit to make the kite.
You can buy the kite kit for a dime.
Do you have a dime to buy a kit to make a kite?

I Have a Kit to Make a Kite

I have a kit to make a kite.
It’s not a kit to make a bike.
It’s not a kit to make something to ride.
It’s a kit to make something to fly.
But it’s not a kit to make a plane.
It’s a kit to make a kite.
It’s a kite kit.

To Make a Kite from a Kite Kit

Let’s make a kite.
Let’s make a kite from a kit.
Let’s make a kite from a kite kit.
Tip the kit to dump things out.
Fold the file folder along the line.
Cut the file folder along the dots.
Cut the file folder in the shape of a kite.
Pick sticks that will fit on the kite.
Place sticks on the kite in the shape of a cross.
Let a little space between the sticks.
Tape the sticks to the kite.
Rub the tape to make it stick.
Cut string to go on the kite.
Let the string be twice the size as the kite.
Make a hole in the tip of the kite.
Tie the string to the hole in the kite.
We made a kite from a kit!
We made a kite from a kit for a kid to fly.
What a fine kite!

Fly the Kite Made from a Kit

Now we can try to fly the kite.
Will the kite made from the kit fly?
Let’s fly the kite we made from a kit.
Find a site to fly the kite.
Run to make the kite zip up.
Run to make the kite fly.
See if the wind will push the kite up.
We’ll sit and stare at the kite made from a kit.
Did the kite made from the kit take a dip?
Did the kite made from a kit do a flip?
Did the kite made from a kit zip up or tip down?
What a fine kite: a kite made from a kit!

Standards

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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.

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