Cats or Dogs

Cats or Dogs
Target text


Read and write short-vowel words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cat
  • dog
  • sit
  • not
  • rag
  • tug
  • that


  • Cats and dogs comparison chart*
  • Word-building cards*
  • Cats and Dogs target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will compare cats and dogs and that they will read and write short-vowel words, such as cat, dog, sit, not, rag, tug, and that.

Literacy Activities
Read Cats and Dogs

  • Read the Cats and Dogs target text (see below) with the children.
  • Have the children read short-vowel words (e.g., cat, dog, lick, rag, catch, tug, jump, lap).
  • Have the children write short-vowel words from dictation.

Compare cats and dogs

  • Tell the children to label one column of the chart (see below) Cats and the other column Dogs.
  • Have the children put a check in the Cats column if the description fits cats, put a check in the Dogs column if the description fits dogs, and put a check in both columns if the description fits both cats and dogs.

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: catmat, doglog, dustmust
    • Change the vowel: catcut, digdug, netnot
    • Change the ending consonant: catcan, dogdot, sitsip
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SEEL Target Texts

Cats and Dogs

Cats like to nap.
Dogs nap a lot, too.
Cats and dogs nap in the sun when it’s not too hot.

When dogs get wet, they shake.
When cats get wet, they lick.

Dogs will do tricks.
Cats will not do tricks.

Dogs will sit when you tell them to.
Cats will not sit when you tell them to.

Dogs like to tug on rags, run, and fetch sticks.
Cats like to bat at rags or balls.

Cats like to sit on laps.
Dogs like to sit on laps, too.

Do you like cats or dogs?
I like cats and dogs.

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