Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -an to make words such as pan, ran, can, and fan.
- Pan or pretend pan
- Paper fan
- Pancake man graphic
- Van and can graphics
- Word blending cards
- Three target texts
- Book: Pancakes for Breakfast by Tommie DePaola (optional)
- Book: Tyler makes Pancakes by Tyler Florence & Craig Frazier (optional)
The children will play with a pretend tan pancake man as they add sounds to the -an ending to make words such as pan, tan, man, ran, can, and fan.
Act out the pancake man story
- Read Pancakes for Breakfast by Tommie DePaola or Tyler makes Pancakes by Tyler Florence & Craig Frazier (optional).
- Read the A Pancake Man target text and help the children follow the instructions to cut out the tan man, put him on a pan, fan the man, and make him run away to a van.
- Let the children hide the pancake man in a can and a van and write "The pancake man is in the can," or "The pancake man is in the van."
Play the "pass the tan pancake man" game
- Have the children sit in a circle and take turns passing around the paper man.
- As each child gets the paper man, have them say a new word that ends in -an.
- Write each new word on the board.
- Repeat the game, but this time, have the children write their word on the paper man.
- Emphasize the process of blending beginning sounds with the -an ending to spell each word.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants:
- Change beginning sounds: man → pan; ran → van; ban → can; fan → tan.
- Change ending sounds: ran → rat → ram; tan → tap; van → vat (big pot); man → map.
Read target words introduced in the activity
- Read A Pancake Man Ran Away target text with the children.
- Read the text again, this time fading support.
- Have the children underline the words in the text that end in -an.
- Repeat with the A Pancake Man Ran and Ran and A Pancake Man target texts, as desired.
Write about the activity using target words
- Have the children write "The tan pancake man ran and ran" on the pancake man graphic.
- Give each child small pieces of paper and have them write words from dictation: pan, tan, man, ran, van, ban.
- Have the children put the -an words in an empty can.
SEEL Target Texts
A Pancake Man Ran and Ran
Then the pancake man got off the pan.
And the pancake man ran and ran.
But the pancake man jumped in a van.
The van sped away with the pancake man.
Goodbye, pancake man!
How to Make a Pancake Man
Put the pancake on a pan.
Cut the pancake to look like a man.
Fan the pancake man on the pan.
Make the pancake man run away.
Let the pancake man run to a van.
Wave goodbye to the pancake man!
A Pancake Man Ran Away
The pancake man was hot, so we made a plan!
We ran to get a fan.
But the pancake man did not like the fan.
So he got off the pan and ran and ran.
We did not get to eat the pancake man!
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
The Pancake Man Ran