The Pancake Man Ran


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -an to make words such as pan, ran, can, and fan.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ran
  • can
  • fan
  • pan
  • man
  • tan


  • 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

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A Pancake Man Ran and Ran

A tan pancake man sat on a pan. 
Then the pancake man got off the pan. 
And the pancake man ran and ran.
We ran after the pancake man. 
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

Make a tan pancake.
Put the pancake on a pan.
Cut the pancake to look like a man.
Fan the pancake man on the pan.
Pretend the pancake is a real man.
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

A tan pancake man sat in his pan.
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!



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