The Pancake Man Ran
Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -an to make words such as pan, ran, can, and fan.
- Pan or pretend pan (i.e., sheet of paper)
- Paper Fan
- Pancake cut into the shape of a man (with a cookie cutter) or paper pancake man (see below)
- Picture of a van (see below) or small toy van
- Picture of a can (see below) or an empty can
- Word blending cards (see below)
- A Pancake Man Ran and Ran target text (see below)
- How to Make a Pancake Man target text (see below)
- A Pancake Man Ran Away target text (see below)
- Pancakes for Breakfast by Tommie DePaola (optional)
- Tyler makes Pancakes by Tyler Florence & Craig Frazier (optional)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will play with a pretend tan pancake man while they add sounds to the -an ending to make words such as pan, tan, man, ran, can, and fan.
Practice the skill within an activity
Act out the story of the pancake man
- Read Pancakes for Breakfast by Tommie DePaola or Tyler makes Pancakes by Tyler Florence & Craig Frazier (optional).
- Read the target text A Pancake Man 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 van or a can and write "The pancake man is in the van," or "The pancake man is in the can."
Play a "pass the tan pancake man" game
- Have the children sit in a circle and take turns passing the paper man.
- As children get the 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 each word on the paper man.
- Emphasize the process of blending beginning sounds with the -an ending to spell each word.
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards (see below), 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/patterns introduced in the activity (see texts below)
- Read the target text A Pancake Man Ran Away together as a class/group.
- Read the text again fading support.
- Have the children underline the words in the text that end in -an.
- Repeat with the target texts The Pancake Man Ran and Ran and A Pancake Man, as desired.
Write about the activity using target words
- Have the children write "The tan pancake man ran and ran" on paper men.
- Give each child small pieces of paper and a pencil and have them write words from dictation: pan, tan, man, ran, van, ban. Let 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