Hot or Not Hot


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ot to make words such as hot, not, and spot.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • hot
  • not
  • lot
  • spot
  • robot


  • Dot word blending cards (see below)
  • Robot graphic (see below)
  • Dot stickers or dot graphics (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will play a game called “Hot or Not Hot” as they add sounds to the –ot ending to make words such as hot, not, lot, and spot.

Practice the skill within an activity

Hot or Not Hot

  • Show the children the robot graphic (see below).
  • Have one child leave the room while another child hides the robot.
  • Bring the child back in the room to search for the robot.
    • Have the rest of the children say “hot” if the child gets close to the robot or “not hot” if the child is far away from the robot. 
  • When the child finds the robot, give him or her a sticker or graphic dot (see below) as a reward.
  • Repeat, allowing different children to hide and find the robot. 

Apply the skill 

Cut words into sounds

  • Cut each dot word blending card (see below) into its separate sounds, saying each sound separately.
  • Have the children use the parts of the word blending cards to create -ot words. 

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have the children write words from dictation, changing one letter each time to create a new word: dot, not, hot, hit, hat, sat, mat, man, pan.
  • Help the children write short instructions for how to play the “Hot or Not Hot” game using the -ot words they created with the word blending cards (e.g., Spot a robot; Get a dot.).
  • Ask children to read their instructions to each other.



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