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 (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Animal graphics (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children that they will look for a fat bat while they add sounds to the -at ending to make words such as bat, rat, cat, and fat

Practice the skill within an activity

Looking for a Fat Bat chant

  • Display the Looking for a Fat Bat chant (see below) so that all of the children can see it.
  • As a group, find and underline the –at words in the chant.
  • Lead the children in the chant while they are seated on a mat (rug); have them echo your words.  
  • Choose different children to act out the bat, rat, cat, and hat parts as you chant.
  • Repeat the chant until each child has had a turn playing a part.
  • Whenever a line ends in an –at word, segment the beginning sound from the word ending (e.g., /b/-at).

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Have the children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their shoulder (beginning sound), their elbow (middle sound) and fingers (ending sound) then clap to say the whole word (e.g. /c/ tap shoulder, /a/ tap elbow, /t/ tap fingers = cat clap hands).
    • /b/ /a/ /t/ = bat
    • /h/ /a/ /t/ = hat
    • /m/ /a/ /t/ = mat
    • /p/ /a/ /t/ = pat
  • With word blending cards (see below), 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 as you say –at words.

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 

  • Fat Bat, Fat Cat and Fat Rat finger/stick puppets (see below) attached to a paper loop or a stick

Activity: Looking for a Fat Bat

  • Hide Fat Bat somewhere in the room and have your child put on/hold the finger/stick puppets to look for fat bat.  
  • As your child searches for fat bat, chant together, "Fat Rat and Fat Cat looking for Fat Bat."
  • When Rat Bat is found, chant together, "F-at R-at and F-at C-at found F-at B-at!" (segmenting each -at word in the chant).
  • Switch roles and have your child hide fat bat.
  • Help your child label each character from the activity.
  • Send the labeled characters to school with your child to share with a teacher and a friend.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.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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