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Target text

Objective

Children will read words with short vowel sounds.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • pet
  • dog
  • cat
  • rat
  • mess
  • fuzz

Materials:

  • Let Me Get a Pet text*
  • Animal pictures*

*Items included below

 

State and Model the Objective

Tell the children that they will read a story about pets that has words with short vowel sounds (e.g., dog, cat, fish, and rat.)

 

Literacy Activities

Read Let Me Get a Pet 

  • Read both Let Me Get a Pet texts (see below) with the children, fading support.
  • Let the children act like the different animals in the story (e.g. bark like a dog, meow like a cat, wiggle a nose like a rat, make a fish face).

Sort animal pictures

  • Using animal pictures (see below), have the children say the name of the pet and what short vowel sound they hear (pig, cat, hen, rat, fish, dog, frog, bug, duck).
  • If the children chose a different name for the pet (like toad for frog, or chicken for hen), have them listen to the word’s vowel sound. If there is no short vowel sound in the word they chose, say, “I don’t hear a short vowel sound in that pet’s name. Is there another name for that animal?”

Let the children pick their favorite story

  • Read both versions of Let Me Get a Pet again, fading support. Discuss the different story endings with the children.
  • Let the children “vote” for the version of the story they like the best by writing fuzz or no fuzz on a chart with two columns. Count the results to see which story “wins.”
  • Let the children draw and label which pet they would choose. 

 

SEEL Target Texts

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Let Me Get a Pet-2

My mom will let me get a pet, I bet.
I could get a pet dog, a cat, or a big, fat rat.
A pet that wiggles its nose or one that goes hiss?
A pet fish would be fun. 
I could watch it swim in a tank.
But I want a pet with fuzz that I can hug.
I want to brush it and rub its soft back.
 
But Mom said, “Pets are a mess!
Pets get fuzz all over the place!”
 
I said, “I will get a brush. 
I will brush my pet a lot.
I will put the fuzz in the trash.”
 
So mom said I could get a pet with fuzz.
I can get a pet that I can hug!
 
But what kind of pet should I get?

Let Me Get a Pet-1

My mom will let me get a pet, I bet.
A pet dog, a cat, or a big, fat rat?
A pet that wiggles its nose?
I could brush it and rub its soft back.
 
But Mom said, “Pets are a mess!  
Pets get fuzz all over the place!
I don’t want to pick up fuzz. I don’t want that job.”
 
Mom said I can get a pet with no fuzz.
Will I get a big pet bug with lots of legs? 
Or will I get a pet that goes hiss?
I think a fish would be fun. 
I could watch it swim in a tank.
 
Now what kind of pet should I get?

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Standards

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K Reading: Foundational Skills Standard 3b. 
Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

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