plum pie

Plum Pie
Target text


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -um to make words such as hum, yum, plum, and drum.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • hum
  • gum
  • yum
  • sum
  • plum
  • drum


  • File folder
  • Pie graphic
  • Word cards


The children will pull plums out of a pie with their thumbs and add sounds to the -um ending to make words such as hum, gum, yum, and drum.

Literacy Activities

Play the Plum Pie game

  • Make the game board by gluing the pie graphic onto a file folder, laminating it, and carefully slitting the top of the pie.
  • Place the plum pie word cards into the pie through the slit on the top of the pie.
  • On the other side of the file folder, glue an I Can Spell chart.
  • Read or say the nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner" for the children.
  • Have the children take turns putting their thumb into the pie and pulling out a "plum" (word card).
  • Read the word card and have the children follow the instructions on each card as it is pulled.
  • Place each word card in the I Can Spell chart and have the children analyze each word using the chart. 

More Practice

Write about the activity using target words

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and have them write words from the activity: hum, gum, sum, plum, drum.
  • Have the children write short sentences using the words from the activity (e.g., "I like to hum and chew gum." "Plums, yum!").
  • After the children write the sentences, have them circle the -um sending in each -um word.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.