Lots of Os in a Hot Pot

Lots of Os in a Hot Pot
Target text


Associate the letter O  with the short /o/ sound as in hot, pot, and shop.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • hot
  • pot
  • shop
  • mop
  • stop
  • log
  • frog


  • Pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Pot graphic
  • Picture cards
  • Letter cards
  • Word cards
  • Hot Pot target text

The children will make a list of words with the /o/ sound such as hot, pot, shop, mop, and top.

Literacy Activities
Put O words in a hot pot

  • Show the children the pot and tell them they will pretend to make an odd (or strange) soup in a hot pot.
  • Let the children choose picture cards to put in the pot.
  • Tell the children to say the sounds in the word on the picture card, then choose letter cards that match the sounds in the word (e.g., m + o + p = mop).
  • Have the children put the letter cards in order on the lines below the pot graphic to make the word for each picture (e.g., shop, mop, top, stop, log).
  • Let the children make an O shape in the hot pot while stirring the things in the pot.
  • Make comments such as “I see a mop in a hot pot” or “The hot pot has an odd stew” while emphasizing the /o/ sound in words with the letter O.
  • Point out that each word has the letter O which makes the /o/ sound.
  • Have the children write words with the letter O on small pieces of paper to put in the hot pot.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Using the letter cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound: pot → dot; frog → hog; mop → top
    • Change the ending sound: hot → hop; log → lot; dot → dog
    • Change the middle sound: pot → pit; hop → hip

Identify the target letter and associated sound in a text

  • Read the Hot Pot target text together as a class.
  • Have the children underline the letter O in words with the /o/ sound.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write the target letter

  • Give each child a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word:
    • pot → hot → hog → jog → job → jot → not → lot → lit → fit → fig → fog → log → dog → dot → rot

SEEL Target Texts

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Hot Pot

I saw my mom had a hot pot.
She put a shop in the hot pot.
She put a mop in the hot pot.
She put a log in the hot pot.
She put a hog in the hot pot.
I said to my mom, “Stop!”
That is an odd pot.
A pot should not have a shop, mop, log, or hog.
I did not want to see what else my mom put in the hot pot.



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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.