The Tan Can
Read and write words that end in –an.
- Can (painted tan or covered with tan paper, write the –an ending on the outside)
- –an and non –an graphics or objects (see below)
- Word blending cards (see below)
- The Tan Can target text (written on chart paper or whiteboard)
- The Tan Can missing letters text (see below) – print out one per child
- Whiteboards and markers or paper and pencils
State and model the objective
Tell the children that today they get to play a game with a can as they read and write words that end in –an.
Practice the skill within an activity
In the tan can
- Hold up the pictures (see below) or items and ask the children, “Can a ____ go in the tan can?”
- Have the children respond, “Yes, a _an can go in the tan can,” while putting the item in the can or, “No, a ____ can’t go in the tan can,” while setting the item aside.
Apply the skill
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel:
- man → pan; tan → ran; can → fan
- fan → fun; tan → ten; man → men
- man → mat; tan → tap; can → car
Read target words in a text
- Display the text to The Tan Can (see target text below).
- Read the text together as a group.
- Read again, fading support.
- Allow the children to underline the –an words present in the text.
Write target words
- Give each child a copy of The Tan Can with missing letters target text (see below).
- Have the children fill in the –an ending for the words in The Tan Can missing letters text (see below).
- Support the children as they write the missing letters.
SEEL Target Texts
The Tan Can
The tan can is empty.
What can go in the tan can?
A fan can go in the tan can.
A pan can go in the tan can.
A van can go in the tan can.
Can a man go in the tan can?
The Tan Can (with missing letters)
The t__ c__ is empty.
What c__ go in the t__ c__?
A f__ c__ go in the t__ c__.
A p__ c__ go in the t__ c__.
A v__ c__ go in the t__ c__.
C__ a m__ go in the t__ c__?
SEEL At Home
Read and write words ending with -an (e.g., can, man, pan).
- Picture/word cards of items ending with -an and other endings (see below)
- 2 pieces of tan paper
- Tape, scissors, jar or cup
Activity: The Tan Can
- Cover the outside of a jar or cup with tan paper and label it Tan Can.
- Choose a picture and ask your child, "Can a ___ go in the tan can?"
- Direct him or her to respond, "Yes, a _an can go in the tan can!" and put the item in the tan can if the item ends with -an. If the item does not end with -an, direct him or her to set the item aside and respond, "No, a ___ can't go in the tan can!"
- Help your child write the title Tan Can and a list of all the -an things inside the can. Your child could also draw pictures to illustrate what's inside the tan can if desired.
- Send the can paper to school with your child to share with a teacher and a friend.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
The Tan Can