Blend a beginning consonant, consonant blend, or digraph with -est to make words such as vest and quest.
- Picture cards
- 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.
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.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.
A Quest to Rest in a Nest