Make Dad Glad
- Whiteboards and dry erase markers
- Book: Dad, Aren't You Glad? By Lynn Plourde (optional)
The children will make dads glad as they add sounds to the -ad ending to make words such as bad, glad, mad, sad, and dad.
Make dads glad
Read the story Dad, Aren't You Glad? by Lynn Plourde (optional).
Help small groups of children think of things they could do to make a dad glad (e.g., draw a picture, make his bed, clean his room).
Let each group of children create a charade (acting with no talking) to show what they would do to make a dad glad.
After a few minutes, give each group a turn to act out their charade in front of the class while the other children try to guess the idea.
When a child has guessed the correct action, have everyone say, “Dad is glad.”
- List the children’s ideas under the heading, “Dad is glad when…” and have the children copy one or two sentences, underlining the -ad endings.
Blend, segment, and spell sounds
Have children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their shoulder (beginning sound) and head (-ad sound) then have them clap to say the whole word.
d + ad = dad
s + ad = sad
gl + ad = glad
Give each child a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word:
- Example: glad → lad → sad → sat → mat → man → tan → tin → pin → pig → big → bit → bat → sat → fat → fan → ran
SEEL At Home
Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ad to make words such as dad, glad, sad, mad, and bad.
- Two pieces of paper
Activity: Dad is Glad
- Help your child think of things he or she could do to make his or her dad glad.
Play charades as you act out one of the ideas without using words and your child tries to guess the idea (support as needed).
Switch roles when the idea is guessed.
Help your child make a book called Dad is Glad using paper folded in half and stapled like a booklet.
Have your child write a sentence (support as needed) on each inside page that says what makes dad glad (e.g., Dad is glad when ___.).
Have your child illustrate each sentence (optional).
- Read the book together and allow your child to underline the -ad endings.
- Let your child to deliver the book to his or her dad (or other father figure).
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Make Dad Glad