Grab a Crab
Read and write words that end with –ab.
- Tray full of dried beans
- Crab graphics (see below)
- Take a Cab to Find a Crab target text (see below)
- Clothespins and/or tongs
- Letter cards (see below)
- Optional: Photo or video of crabs on a beach
- Click to view a video demonstration similar to this lesson.
State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will take a cab to find a crab and read and write words that end with -ab, such as cab, crab, jab, stab, and grab.
Practice the skill within an activity
Take a cab to grab a crab
- Fill a tray with dried beans to represent a beach and set up chairs to represent seats in a cab.
- Cut out the crab graphics (see below) and bury them in the pretend sand (dried beans).
- Read the Take a Cab to Find a Crab target text (see below) together as a class.
- Invite a child to pretend to call for a cab (using their fingers as a telephone).
- Have the children pretend to get in the cab (the chairs) to take a ride to a beach.
- Tell the children to get out of the cab to dig for and grab crabs in the sand.
- Let the children use clothespins or tongs to grab like a crab.
- Have the children show how the crabs can jab and stab with their claws.
- Tell the children to leave the crabs in the sand and get in the cab.
Apply the skill
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Let the children make different words (e.g. crab) from letter cards (see below) by changing either of the consonants or the vowel.
- Change the beginning sound(s): cab → jab; grab → crab; stab → grab
- Change the vowel sound: cab → cub; crab → crib; stab → stub
- Change the ending sound(s): crab → cram; cab → can; stab → star
- For each of the words the children make, have them produce the sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into a word.
Read target words in a text
- Have the children underline words that end in -ab in the Take a Cab to Find a Crab target text (see below).
- Read the text to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
- Read the text again, fading support.
Write about the activity using target words and phrases
- Display target words on a word wall (i.e. cab, crab, jab, stab, grab).
- Refer the children to the word wall and have them write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text (e.g., The crab can jab and stab).
SEEL Target Texts
Take a Cab to Find a Crab
SEEL At Home
Read and write words that end with -ab.
- How to Play "Grab Like a Crab" target text (see below)
- Crab and cab graphics (see below)
Activity: Grab Like a Crab
- Put a piece of tape on the back of each crab graphic (see below).
- Place the crabs on the floor at one end of the room.
- Tape the cab graphic (see below) to a wall on the opposite side of the room.
- Read the How to Play "Grab Like a Crab" target text (see below) with your child.
- Take turns using tongs to grab a crab and carry it to the cab, while saying, "Grab like a crab!"
- When the carrier gets to the cab with the crab, have the child stick the crab on the cab.
- When all 4 crabs are taped to the cab, have your child say, "Four crabs are on a cab!".
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Grab a Crab