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My Cat Sits On My Lap
Target text


Read short vowel words in a text.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • Cat
  • Mat
  • Sit
  • Nap
  • Lap
  • Run
  • Hop


  • My Cat Sits and Naps on My Lap target text*
  • Cat picture* or toy cat
  • Mat or sheet of paper
  • Word cards*

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State and Model the Objective

Tell the children that they will play with a pretend cat and read and write words with short vowel sounds, such as cat, sit, and run


Literacy Activities

Read and enact texts together

  • Engage the children in reading My Cat Sits and Naps on my Lap target text (see below). 
  • Have the children act out the text, taking turns moving a cat from a mat to their lap. 

Write from dictation

  • Give the children paper mats to write on.
  • Have the children write words from the lesson on their mats (e.g., cat, mat, sit, nap, lap). 

Sort words with same rime ending

Have the children sort word cards (see below) into categories according to vowels.


SEEL Target Texts

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My Cat Sits and Naps on my Lap

I have a cat.
My cat has a mat.  
She can sit on her mat.
But she likes to sit on my lap.  
My cat has a mat.
She can nap on her mat.
But she likes to nap on my lap.
When I sit, my cat gets off her mat. 
She runs to hop on my lap.
I let her nap on my lap.
I pet my cat in my lap.
Am I a mat for a cat?
I am a mat for a cat to take a nap!




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