Match Cat with Cat and Can with Can

Objective

Review how to blend beginning sounds and the –at and –an endings by matching words to pictures.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • pan
  • fan
  • can
  • hat
  • cat
  • bat

Materials:

  • Game board (see below)—one per child
  • Word cards (see below)—one more than one set per child
  • Worksheet (see below)—one per child
  • Whiteboard and marker—one per child

State and model the objective
Tell the children that today they will play a game while they read and write words ending in both –at (cat, bat, mat) and –an (pan, man, van).

Practice the skill within an activity
at and –an game

  • Put one set of the word cards (see below) in a bowl. Give each child a game board and a set of word cards.
  • Pull a word card out of the bowl and tell the whole class what it says.
  • Have the children put the word card that matches the word you just told them on top of its corresponding picture on their game board. 
  • Once all of the children have covered three pictures in a row, have the whole class chant the three words together. 
  • Repeat the activity until the children are familiar with the –at and –an words. 

Apply the skill
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Have the children march and say the beginning and ending sounds of the word can:
    • Segment sounds: say /c/ (march right), say /an/ (march left)
    • Blend sounds: jump with both feet and say can to blend the sounds into the whole word
  • Repeat with other –an and –at words (e.g. man, fan, pan, cat, mat, bat, etc.)
  • Ask the children which sound differs in each word as compared to the other words.

Write about the activity using target words and phrases  

  • Have the children use a whiteboard to write a target word and then change one letter at a time to make new words: e.g., can → fan → man → mat → cat → sat → rat → ran → tan → van → pan → pat.
  • Let the children write a simple sentence using words that end with –an and/or –at (e.g., The cat and man ran).

Printouts

Standards

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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.

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