is the cat at bat?

Is the Cat at Bat?

Is the Cat at Bat?
Target text


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -at to make words such as cat, bat, rat, sat, and hat.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • bat
  • cat
  • rat
  • at
  • fat
  • hat


  • Baseball bases made out of paper
  • Home plate made out of paper
  • Blow-up baseball bat or pretend bat
  • Nerf ball or other ball
  • Name tags
  • Word cards 
  • Is the Cat at Bat? target text 


The children will play a game of baseball as they add sounds to the -at ending to make words such as bat, rat, cat, and sat.

Literacy Activities

Play a baseball game

  • Explain that there are two kind of bats: the animal that flies and the object you use to hit the ball in baseball.
  • Choose children to wear the Bat, Rat, and Cat name tags.
  • Explain that the phrase "at bat" means to take a turn trying to hit the ball with the bat and how the players at the bases try to catch the ball and keep the batter from getting to the base. 
  • Let a bat, cat, and rat take turns being at bat and being the players who try to catch the ball and guard the bases. (If needed, allow the children to bat the ball down on the ground (as it is rolled) to make it easier to hit.)
  • For the next inning, have the children place the word cards on the bases, and have those running the bases read the cards aloud when they get to a base.

More Practice

Read target words in a text 

  • Read the Is the Cat at Bat? target text together as a group. 
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –at.

Play “pass the bat”

  • Have the children sit in a circle and take turns rolling the ball from one to another. 
  • As the children receive the bat have them make a new word that ends in -at by changing the initial letter.  
  • Write each new word on the board.  
  • Repeat the game, but this time, have the children write the word on a paper, change the initial letter, and read the word. 
  • Help the children tape their words on the bat, covering it up with the new words. 
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SEEL Target Texts

Is the Cat at Bat?

Let the cat and the rat bat the ball.  
They will be at bat.  
Who is at bat?
Is the cat at bat?   
Will the cat bat the ball to the rat?
Who is at bat?
Is the rat at bat?
Will the rat bat the ball to the cat?
Who is at bat?
Is it the fat rat?
Will the fat rat bat the ball to the spooky bat?
Who is at bat?
Is the Cat-in-the-Hat at bat?
Will the cat bat the ball to the spooky bat?
The cat, rat, and spooky bat all will get a turn at bat.  
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.