Slip the Letter I in the Slit
Associate the letter I (and lowercase letter i) with the short /i/ sound (e.g., the /i/ sound in slip, fin, kid).
- Paper with dotted lines (see below)
- Picture cards (see below)
- Word cards (see below)
- Tin cans WITHOUT sharp edges of different sizes (e.g., candy mint tin, food container tin)
- Word cards with the /i/ sound (see below)
- Slip It In and Make It Fit target text (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children that the letter I sometimes makes the /i/ sound and today they will slip letters into slits to make words with the /i/ sound such as kid, lid, kit, lip, pin, fin, bin, and fin.
Practice the skill within an activity
Slip letters in slits
- Cut along the paper with dotted lines (see page below) to make slits.
- Let the children pick picture cards of words with the /i/ sound to place in the box above the slits.
- Tell the children to say the sounds in each word then choose letter cards (see below) that match the sounds in the word (e.g. /k/ - /i/ - /d/ = kid).
- Have the children put the letter cards in order on the lines below the picture to make the word (i.e., kid, lid, kit, lip, pin, fin, bin, fin).
- Point out that each word has the letter I which makes the /i/ sound.
- Make a list of words spelled with i: kid, lid, kit, lip, pin, fin, bin, fin.
Put word cards in a tin
- Show the children several tins.
- Put word cards (see below) with the /i/ sound in the tins.
- Mix up the tins and let the children open each tin.
- Have the children read each word and underline the letter I in the word. Emphasize that the letter I makes the /i/ sound.
- Let the children make their own word cards to put in tins by writing words with the short /i/ sound on small pieces of paper.
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Identify the target letter and associated sound in a text (see below)
- Read the text Slip It In and Make It Fit together as a class/group.
- Have the children underline the letter I in words with the /i/ sound.
- Read the text again fading support.
Write the target letter (see below)
- Write the uppercase I and lowercase i on the whiteboard then have the children name the letter and practice writing it in the air with their finger.
- Give each child a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word:
- pin → pit → lit → lip → lid → bid → bad → bat → sat → sit → sip → hip → tip → tin
SEEL Target Texts
Slip It In and Make It Fit
Slip the fish into the dish.
If it will not fit then split the fish.
Will a pin fit in a dish?
Slip the pin into the bin.
If it will not fit then clip the pin.
Will a pit fit in a kit?
Slip the pit into the kit.
If it will not fit then snip the pit.
Will a chip fit in some dip?
Slip the chip into the dip.
If it will not fit then trim the chip.
Slip, split, clip, snip, or trim to get it all to fit.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Slip the Letter I in the Slit