a cap on top of a cat

A Cap on Top of a Cat

A Cap on Top of a Cat
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Objective

Read and write short-vowel words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cap
  • cat
  • top
  • tap
  • slip
  • scrap
  • stack

Materials:

  • Make a Cap target text*
  • A Fat Cat Has Lots of Caps target text*
  • Balloon (optional)
  • Stuffed animal cat (optional)

*Items included below.

State the Objective
Tell the children that they will make and stack caps and that they will read and write short-vowel words, such as cap, cat, top, tap, slip, scrap, and stack.

 

Literacy Activities
Introduce target words

  • Display a list of short-vowel target words.
  • Read the words with the children.

Make paper caps

  • Read the Make a Cap target text (see below) with the children.
  • Let the children trace a big circle onto a scrap of paper and cut it out.
  • Have the children make two flaps by cutting in a straight line until they get to the middle of the circle.
  • Help the children overlap the flaps and glue or staple them together.

Stack lots of caps

  • Read the A Fat Cat Has Lots of Caps target text (see below) with the children.
  • Tell the children that they will put caps on a cat (either a stuffed animal cat or a balloon with a cat face drawn on it).
  • Have the children stack caps on top of the cat.
  • Have the children tip or tap the cat to make the caps slip off.

Identify vowel sounds

  • Say short-vowel target words (e.g., cap, cat, top, tap, slip, scrap, stack) and ask the children what vowel they hear.
  • Stretch out your arms and lengthen the vowel as you say the target words (e.g., Can. c  aaaa  n. Can.).
  • Have the children identify the sounds in the words and write the words.

Identify similar vowels

  • Show the children short-a words, such as cap, cat, fat, and stack.
  • Ask the children what is similar about the words.
  • Repeat with short-i words, such as tip, slip, snip, and spill, and short-o words, such as top, dog, lots, and lost.
  • Let the children write sentences using short-vowel words (e.g., We stack caps on a cat; We can tap the cat; The caps slip off; The cat has a cap on top of a cap).
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SEEL Target Texts

Make a Cap

Get a scrap of paper.
Trace a big dish on the scrap.
Cut out the shape on the scrap.
Cut a slit in the scrap to get two flaps.
Put one flap on top.
Stick the flaps together.
Now the scrap is a cap!

Is your cap big?
Can it fit you?
A cap that is not big can fit a cat or dog.
It is a cap for a cat or dog!

A Fat Cat Has Lots of Caps

A fat cat wants a cap.
Put a cap on the cat.
Can the cap fit the cat?
 

Top the cap with a cap.
Top that cap with a cap.
Top that cap with another cap!
Put a cap on top of a cap.
Put a cap on top of that cap.
The cat has a stack of caps!
The cat has lots of caps!
 

If you tap the cat or a cap, the caps will spill off!
Tap the cat or a cap.
Let the caps spill off.
 

The cat lost the caps, but that’s okay.
The cat wants just one cap.
Now it can nap with its cap on.

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Standards

SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.

http://education.byu.edu/seel/library/