snip snap

Snip Snap
Target text


Read and write words with short vowels i and a.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • snip and snap
  • strip and strap
  • trip and trap
  • zip and zap
  • rip and rap
  • yip and yap
  • hit and hat
  • clip and clap


  • Scraps of fabric or paper
  • Empty tissue box
  • Snap on a piece of clothing and paper snap graphic
  • Mouse trap graphic
  • Plastic cap that opens and closes
  • Letters on cards or bottle caps (optional)
  • Bird graphic
  • Do Not Trip on a Trap target text 
  • Tick-tock and Clip-clop target text 

State and Model the Objective
The children will change the short vowel in a word to make a new word and list some pairs of words that have different short vowels, such as snip and snap, strip and strap, trip and trap, and zip and zap.
Literacy Activities
Make new words

  • Have the children read the phrases below, act them out, and write some from dictation:
    • Snip it in a snap: snip strips of fabric or paper in a snap (quickly)
    • Snip and snap: make a snipping (cutting) gesture and then a finger snapping gesture
    • Snip to rip: snip a piece of cloth to rip it
    • Snap a snap: snap a snap on a piece of clothing 
    • Snip and rip: make a snip in a piece of fabric to rip it
    • Rip a strip to make a strap: rip a strip of fabric or paper to make a strap and staple it to an empty box 
    • Trip trap: trip-trap across a bridge like the Billy Goats Gruff
    • Trip and fall in a trap: pretend to trip and fall in someone’s arms 
    • Trip on a trap: pretend to trip on a mouse trap 
    • Zip-zap make a snap: pretend to use a magic wand to make a paper snap appear 
    • Rip and wrap: rip a piece of paper and use it to wrap up a small object
    • Rip and then rap: rip a piece of paper and rap on a hard surface 
    • Yip-yap: be a puppy that yips and yaps 
    • Clip-clop: clip-clop down a street 
    • Flip and flap: make a bird do a flip and flap its wings
    • Clap with clips: clap two paper clips together
    • Snap and tap: snap fingers and tap toes
    • Snap a cap: snap a cap with a lid that flaps open and closed 

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With letters placed on cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • clip → clap, tip → tap, tick → tack, chip → chap, flip → flap, hit → hat, wig → wag, snip → snap, snip → rip, strip → strap, trip → trap, → zap, rip → rap, clip → clap, clap → cap, snap → cap, flip → flap, yip → yap, snap → cap, rip → wrap, lip → slip, nap → snap, lag → flag, chin → bin, fin → spin, leg → lag 

Read target words and patterns introduced in the activity 

  • Read the target text Do Not Trip on a Trap together as a class or a group. 
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children underline the short i words and then the short a or short o words.
  • Repeat with the target text Tick-tock and Clip-clop

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Have the children write words from dictation: snip, snap, strip, strap, trip, trap, zip, zap, rip, rap, yip, yap, clip, clap, flip, and flap.
  • Using a whiteboard, have the children write words from dictation and then change a letter to make a new word:
    • tick, tack, slack, slick, slip, snip, snap, lap, lip, clip, clap, flap, flip, flit, flat, hat, hit, mitt, mat, rat, rag, rig, wig, wag, sag, sad, had, hid
  •  Have the children fill in incomplete sentences by picking from options presented verbally or in writing:
    • "I can play with ___ (e.g., strips and straps, snips and snaps, rips and wraps)."
    • "I like to pretend to ___ (e.g., trip and trap, snip and snap, yip and yap)."
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SEEL Target Texts

Trip Trap

Trip trap like the Billy Goats Gruff.
Trip trap on the bridge.
Trip trap loud and trip trap soft.
Oh no!
Watch out for the trap and do not trip.
If you trip on the trap then run away quick!
Do not trip on a trap and let someone trap you.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.