Target text
Slip the Letter I in the Slit


Associate the uppercase letter I and lowercase letter i with the short /i/ sound as in slip, fin, and kid.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • kid
  • lid
  • kit
  • lip
  • pin
  • fin
  • bin


  • Paper with dotted lines
  • Picture cards
  • Word cards
  • Tin cans (without sharp edges) of different sizes (e.g., candy mint tin, food container tin)
  • Word cards with the /i/ sound
  • Slip It In and Make It Fit target text

The children will slip letters into slits to make words with the /i/ sound, such as kid, lid, kit, lip, pin, fin, bin, and fin.

Literacy Activities
Slip letters in slits

  • Cut along the paper with dotted lines to make slits.
  • Let the children pick picture cards to place in the box above the slits.
  • Tell the children to say the sounds in each word then choose letter cards 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 (e.g., 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 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, emphasizing 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.

More Practice
Identify the target letter and associated sound in a text

  • Read the Slip It in and Make It Fit target text together as a class.
  • Have the children underline the letter I in words with the /i/ sound.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write the target letter

  • 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 fingers.
  • 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

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Slip It In and Make It Fit

Will a fish fit in a dish?
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.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase 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.