Read and write words that contrast long- and short-vowel words.
- kit, kite
- mad, made
- hop, hope
- hid, hide
- tap, tape
- sit, site
- slid, slide
- Box or bag
- Cardstock or file folder cut in shape of a kite
- Two sticks of different lengths
- Word-building cards*
- Word cards*
- How to Make a Kite target text*
- Fly the Kite Made from a Kit target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
The children will make a kite to fly and read short- and long-vowel words, such as kit and kite, tap and tape, and hid and hide.
Short-vowel words versus long-vowel words
- Tell the children they will read short- and long-vowel words such as kit and kite.
- Write short- and long-vowel word pairs in a T-chart and read the words with the children.
- Point out that the long-vowel words have a silent e at the end.
- Change a short-vowel word into a long-vowel word by adding a silent e.
Make a kite
- Show the children how the paper, string, tape, and sticks make a kite kit.
- Have the children read the How to Make a Kite target text (see below).
- Have the children read Fly the Kite Made from a Kit (see below).
- Help the children make a kite from the materials in the kit.
Make short- or long-vowel words
- Demonstrate how short-vowel words can be changed into long-vowel words by placing a silent e at the end (see the word-building cards below):
kit→ kite, mad→ made, tap→ tape, rag→ rage, pal→ pale, mat→ mate, cut→ cute, rip→ ripe, sit→ site, bit→ bite, hid→ hide, slid→ slide, dim→ dime, fin→ fine, gap→ gape, and hop→ hope.
Read and recognize short- and long-vowel words
- Read Fly the Kite Made from the Kit (see below) to the children.
- Read the text again and point out contrasting short- and long-vowel words.
- Ask the children to separate short- and long-vowel word cards (see below) into`piles.
SEEL Target Texts
Fly a Kite Made from a Kit
Will the kite made from a kit fly?
Will it make me mad if the kit from the kite does not fly?
Hop to make the kite zip up.
Hop to see if the kite will whip up.
Run with the kite and hope that the kite will fly.
Run to make the kite zip up.
Run to see if the kite will fly.
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!
How to Make a Kite from a Kit
Let’s make a kite from a kit.
Let’s make a cute kite from a kite kit.
The kit to make a kite has paper.
The kit to make a kite has tape.
The kit to make a kite has a string.
Tip the kit to dump out things to make a kite.
Pick sticks that will fit on the kite.
Tape the sticks to the kite.
Cut string and tie it on the kite.
We have a kite from a kit for a kid to fly!