A Cap on Top of a Cat
- 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.
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 (stuffed animal cat or 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 short 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).
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.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
A Cap on Top of a Cat