Hot or Not Hot

Hot or Not Hot
Target text


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ot to make words such as hot, not, and spot.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • hot
  • not
  • lot
  • spot
  • robot


  • Word blending cards
  • Robot graphic 
  • Dot stickers or dot graphics 

The children will play a game called Hot or Not Hot as they add sounds to the –ot ending to make words such as hot, not, lot, and spot.

Literacy Activities
Hot or Not Hot

  • Show the children the robot graphic.
  • Have one child leave the room while another child hides the robot.
  • Bring the child back in the room to search for the robot.
    • Have the rest of the children say “hot” if the child gets close to the robot or “not hot” if the child is far away from the robot. 
  • When the child finds the robot, give him or her a sticker or graphic dot as a reward.
  • Repeat the game and allow different children to hide and find the robot. 

More Practice
Cut words into sounds

  • Cut each word blending card into its separate sounds, and say each sound separately.
  • Have the children use the parts of the word blending cards to create -ot words. 

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have the children write words from dictation, changing one letter each time to create a new word: dot, not, hot, hit, hat, sat, mat, man, pan.
  • Help the children write short instructions for how to play the Hot or Not Hot game using the -ot words they created with the word blending cards (e.g., Spot a robot; Get a dot.).
  • Ask children to find a partner and have them say their instructions to each other.



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