drips and drops can fill a cup

Drips and Drops Can Fill a Cup

Drips and Drops Can Fill a Cup
Target text


Read and write short vowel words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cup
  • can
  • pan
  • drop
  • drip
  • fill


  • Water droppers or pieces of a drinking straw to use as droppers
  • Can
  • Cup
  • Pan (a tuna can with a long handle taped on)
  • Pot (a can with handles taped on)
  • Drip, Drop, by Sara Weeks (optional)
  • Drip Drops in a Cup text*
  • Fill a Pot with Drops text*
  • Will Drips Spill from a Cup? text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will drip drops of water to fill a cup, can, pan, or pot as they read and write short vowel words such as pot, pan, drip, drop, cup, can, spill, and fill.

Literacy Activities
Introduce target words

  • Display a list of short-vowel words to the children.
  • Point out the different short vowels.

Read a book about Drips and Drops

  • Read the book Drip, Drop by Sara Weeks to and with the children (optional).

Drip drops of water in containers

  • Let the children drip drops in a pan, cup, and/or pot.
  • Engage the children in reading the texts (found below) about filling a pot, can, or cup with drops, fading support.

Write words with different short-vowel sounds

  • On a word chart with three columns labeled a, i, and o, have children write words from dictation. Have children choose the column where each word fits: can, pat, dad; drip, bin, fill; pot, mop, job.



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SEEL Target Texts

Drip Drops in a Cup

Drip drops in a cup.
Fill a cup with drips and drops.
Fill the cup bit by bit.
Drip! Drop!
Drip. Drop.
Slip. Slop. Stop!
Do not slip on drops and drips.
Dip, dip, drop.
Drip some drops.
Drop some drips.
Drip! Drop!
Drop and drip.
Stop dripping drops!

Fill a Pot with Drops

I’ve got a job to do.
I’ve got to fill a pot with drips and drops.
I will drip drops in the pot.
Drip, drip, drop.
Fill the pot to the top with drips and drops.
I fill the pot with a lot of drips and drops
Bit by bit the drops get to the top.
What can I do with a pot that is full of drips and drops?
I can tip the pot and let the drips spill out.
I can drip drops from a pot into a can.
If the drops spill, mop up the drops!
And if drops spill, the drops and drips will not fill the cup or can.

Will Drips Spill from a Cup?

Fit lots of drips and drops in a cup.
Fill up a cup with drops and drips.
Tip the cup and the drips and drops will spill.
Tip and spill.
Fill the cup back up.
Fit lots of drips in the cup.
Oh no! The cup fell!
No more drops and no more drips.
Just a big spill!
Oh no, we can slip!
Mop up the spill so we don’t trip!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.