Grab a Crab
- 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
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- 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!"
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Grab a Crab