a quest to rest in a nest

A Quest to Rest in a Nest

A Quest to Rest in a Nest
Target text


Blend a beginning consonant, consonant blend, or digraph with -est to make words such as vest and quest

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • nest
  • rest
  • test
  • vest
  • pest
  • quest
  • chest 


  • Picture cards
  • Envelopes
  • Word-building cards
  • Sentence frames
  • Nest graphic


The children will go on a quest to find and make words that end in -est, such as rest, nest, test, quest, and chest

Literacy Activities

Rest from a quest

  • Hide the picture cards around the room, and put the nest graphic in the center of the room.
  • Tell the children to go on a quest to look for words that end in -est.
  • Have the children chant, "Going on a quest!"
  • When the children find a picture, have them say, "I found a ___ on our quest!" and let them put their card to rest in the nest.
  • When all the pictures are found, tell the children that they can rest.
  • Ask the children to share the words they found as you write them on the board (explain that the qu in the word quest makes the /kw/ sound).
  • Invite the children to underline the -est in the words.

Make words that end in -est

Fit words into sentence frames

  • Display the picture cards so that the children can see them.
  • Help the children identify each card and point out that each word ends in -est.
  • Give teams of children the sentence frames to fill in with -est words, referring to the picture cards if needed. 

Describe target words 

  • Write nest on the board and analyze the word with the children.
    • How many sounds and letters are there?
    • How many vowels? What sounds do the vowels make?
    • How is nest different from net?
    • Can you describe the structure of the word nest?
      • CVCC (consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant) pattern.
    • Do this exercise with other -est words (e.g., rest, pest) as desired. 


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.