Target text
Mark the Spot


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • hot
  • pot
  • got
  • not
  • dot
  • spot
  • robot


  • Penny
  • Word cards
  • Game board graphic
  • Worksheet


The children will toss the dot to mark a spot as they practice blending beginning sounds with -ot to spell words such as dot, not, got, and pot.

Literacy Activities

Toss the dot on a spot

  • Place the game board on a table and give each child a worksheet.
  • Have the children take turns tossing the "dot" (e.g., penny) to mark a spot on the game board.
  • On their worksheets, have the children write the word corresponding to the picture that their dot landed on (support as needed).
  • Once all the children have labeled all of the pictures on their worksheet the game is over.

More Practice

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Cut the word cards into the beginning sound and the -ot sound.
  • Place the beginning letters in a pile and the -ot endings in a pile, and have the children take turns choosing a card from each pile.
  • Have the children connect the two sounds and say the new word out loud.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and have them write words from the activity: dot, not, hot, got, pot, spot.
  • Have the children write short sentences using the words from the activity (e.g., "The pot is hot." "I spot a dot.").
  • After the children write their sentences, have them circle the -ot ending in each -ot word.



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