Match Cat with Cat and Can with Can

Match Cat with Cat and Can with Can
Target text


Review how to blend beginning sounds and the –at and –an endings by matching words to pictures.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • pan
  • fan
  • can
  • hat
  • cat
  • bat


  • Game board (see below)—one per child
  • Word cards (see below)—one more than one set per child
  • Worksheet (see below)—one per child
  • Whiteboard and marker—one per child

State and model the objective
Tell the children that today they will play a game while they read and write words ending in both –at (cat, bat, mat) and –an (pan, man, van).

Practice the skill within an activity
at and –an game

  • Put one set of the word cards (see below) in a bowl. Give each child a game board and a set of word cards.
  • Pull a word card out of the bowl and tell the whole class what it says.
  • Have the children put the word card that matches the word you just told them on top of its corresponding picture on their game board. 
  • Once all of the children have covered three pictures in a row, have the whole class chant the three words together. 
  • Repeat the activity until the children are familiar with the –at and –an words. 

Apply the skill
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Have the children march and say the beginning and ending sounds of the word can:
    • Segment sounds: say /c/ (march right), say /an/ (march left)
    • Blend sounds: jump with both feet and say can to blend the sounds into the whole word
  • Repeat with other –an and –at words (e.g. man, fan, pan, cat, mat, bat, etc.)
  • Ask the children which sound differs in each word as compared to the other words.

Write about the activity using target words and phrases  

  • Have the children use a whiteboard to write a target word and then change one letter at a time to make new words: e.g., can → fan → man → mat → cat → sat → rat → ran → tan → van → pan → pat.
  • Let the children write a simple sentence using words that end with –an and/or –at (e.g., The cat and man ran).
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.