A Cat for a Pet

A Cat for a Pet
Target text


Read and write short-vowel words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cat
  • pet
  • hug
  • bed
  • fed
  • lost
  • desk


  • Toy cat or picture of a cat*
  • Word-building cards*
  • A Cat for a Pet target text*

*Items included below.

State the Objective 
Tell the children that they will look for someone who can take care of a cat and that they will read and write short-vowel words, such as cat, pet, hug, bed, fed, lost, and desk

Literacy Activities 
Introduce target words

  • Show the children the short-vowel target words.
  • Read the words with the children.

Find someone to take care of a cat

  • Read the A Cat for a Pet target text (see below) with the children.
  • Show the children a toy cat or a picture of a cat (see below) and tell them that they will pretend to look for someone who can take care of a cat.
  • Have the children write the pretend job requirements.
    • Hug the cat.
    • Feed the cat.
    • Pet the cat.
    • Put the cat to bed.
    • Let the cat sleep by your bed.
  • Have the children write short-vowel words from dictation (e.g., cat, lost, hug, pet, nap, desk, fed, bed).

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing a consonant or the vowel.
    • Change the beginning consonant: catrat, naptap, jobrob
    • Change the vowel: hughog, petpot, lostlast
    • Change the ending consonant: rapran, litlip, cancap

Identify vowel sounds

  • Say short-vowel target words (e.g., cat, pet, hug, bed, fed, lost, desk) and ask the children what vowel they hear.
  • Stretch out your arms and lengthen the vowel as you say target words (e.g., Cat. c-aaaa-t. Cat.).
  • Have the children identify the sounds in the words and then write the words.
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SEEL Target Texts

A Cat for a Pet

I see a cat.
The cat is lost.
I want to give her a hug.
Mom will let me keep this cat.
The cat will be my pet!

The cat can nap on my deck.
She must be fed and put to bed.
That will be my job.
I give the cat a pat and a hug.
I put the cat to bed.
It will be fun to have a cat as a pet.

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