Looking for a Fat Bat

Objective

Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with the –at ending to make words such as bat, cat, and fat.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • fat
  • bat
  • rat
  • cat
  • mat
  • scat 

Materials:

  • Mat (rug)
  • Hat
  • Looking for a Fat Bat chant 
  • Word blending cards
  • Animal graphics 

Overview
The children will look for a fat bat as they add beginning sounds to the -at ending to make words such as bat, rat, cat, and fat.

Literacy Activities

Looking for a Fat Bat chant

  • Display the Looking for a Fat Bat chant for the children to see.
  • Have the children find and underline the -at words in the chant and help them say each word, segmenting the beginning sound from the word ending (e.g., /b/ + at).
  • Have the children sit on a mat (rug) and echo you as you lead the chant.  
  • Choose different children to act out the bat, rat, cat, and hat parts as everyone chants.

More Practice

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Using the word blending cards, help the children identify the sounds of each letter used in -at words (e.g., /b/ /a/ /t/), then blend the sounds to make the word. 
  • Repeat to create more -at words.Using the word building cards, lay out the letters for an -at word then help the children identify the sound of each letter used (e.g., /b/ /a/ /t/).
  • Repeat to make more -at words.
  • Have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound: bat → hat; hat → mat; mat → sat
    • Change the ending sound: bat → bad; hat → ham; mat → man
  • Change the middle sound: bat → bit; hat → hot; mat → met

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have each child write -at words on their whiteboards from dictation.

SEEL Target Texts

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Looking for a Fat Bat

Looking for a fat bat.
I’m not afraid.
Got my fat rat.
Got my fat cat.
Coming to a flat hat!
Go around the flat hat.
 
Looking for a fat bat.
I’m not afraid.
Got my fat rat.
Got my fat cat.
Coming to a swamp!
Splat, splat, splat.
 
Looking for a fat bat.
I’m not afraid.
Got my fat rat.
Got my fat cat.
Coming to a cave!
 
Going in the cave.
Calling to a fat bat.
Fat bat?  Fat bat?
Eek!  There’s a fat bat!
Scat!  Scat!
Out of the cave!
Through the swamp!
Around the flat hat!
Back to the mat!
Whew!  We’re safe from the fat bat!
Give each other a pat.

Printouts

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Objective 

Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with the –at ending to make words such as bat, cat, and fat.

Materials 

  • Puppet graphics
  • popsicle sticks

Activity: Looking for a Fat Bat

  • Hide Fat Bat somewhere in the room and have your child hold the stick puppets to look for Fat Bat.  
  • As your child searches for Fat Bat, chant together, "Fat Rat and Fat Cat are looking for Fat Bat."
  • When Fat Bat is found, chant together, "Fat Rat and Fat Cat found Fat Bat!" 
  • Switch roles and have your child hide Fat Bat.
  • Have your child chant -at words.
  • Help your child break the words fat, bat, cat, and rat into their sound parts and blend the parts together again (e.g., f + at = fat).bat-cat-rat

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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