grab a crab
Read and write words that blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ab.
- Dried beans
- Crab graphics
- Take a Cab to Find a Crab target text
- Clothespins and/or tongs
- Word-building cards
The children will take a cab to find a crab and then read and write words that end with -ab, such as cab, crab, and grab.
Take a cab to grab a crab
- Click here to view a video demonstration similar to this lesson.
- Fill a tray with dried beans to represent sand on a beach.
- Cut out the crab graphics and bury them in the sand (dried beans).
- Set up chairs to represent seats in a cab.
- Read the Take a Cab to Find a Crab target text to the class.
- Invite a child to pretend to call for a cab (using their hand to make a pretend telephone).
- Have the children 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 take turns using clothespins or tongs to grab like a crab and search through the beans to find the crab graphics.
- While the children wait their turn to grab, have them pretend to be crabs that stab and jab with their claws.
- After the children have taken a turn, tell them to leave the crabs in the sand and get in the cab.
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Let the children use the word-building cards to make words by changing either the consonant(s) or the vowel.
- Change the beginning consonant(s): cab → jab; grab → crab; stab → grab
- Change the vowel: cab → cub; crab → crib; stab → stub
- Change the ending consonant: 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
- Read the Take a Cab to Find a Crab target text with the children and have them underline the words that end in -ab.
- Engage the children in reading the text with you.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- As the children read, have them open and close their hands like crab claws every time they hear or read a word ending in -ab.
Write about the activity using target words and phrases
- Display target words on a word wall (e.g., 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 (i.e., The crab can jab and stab).
SEEL Target Texts
Take a Cab to Find a Crab
SEEL At Home
Read and pronounce words that blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ab to make words such as grab, crab, jab, and cab.
- How to Play "Grab Like a Crab" target text
- Crab and cab graphics
Activity: Grab Like a Crab
- Tape the crab graphics on a wall.
- Tape the cab graphic to the wall on the opposite side of the room.
- Read the How to Play "Grab Like a Crab" target text with your child.
- Have your child underline all the -ab endings in the text.
- Take turns using tongs to grab a crab off the wall and carry it to the cab while saying, "Grab like a crab!"
- When the carrier reaches the cab with the crab, have the carrier stick the crab on the cab and say, “One crab on the cab.”
- Repeat until all four crabs are on the cab.
- When all four crabs are taped to the cab, say, "Four crabs are on the 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