tan pancake man

Tan Pancake Man

Tan Pancake Man
Target text


Read and write words that end in –an.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • pancake
  • ran
  • man
  • tan
  • can


  • Pan or sheet of paper to be a pan
  • Paper fan
  • Pancake man (cut with a cookie cutter) or paper pancake man (printed on tan paper)
  • Toy van or van graphic
  • Empty can or picture of a can
  • A Pancake Man Ran Away target text
  • How to Make A Pancake Man target text
  • Word cards
  • Book: Pancakes for Breakfast by Tommie DePaola (HMH Books for Young Readers, 1978)(optional)
  • Book: Tyler Makes Pancakes! by Tyler Florence & Craig Frazier (Harper Collins, 2012)(optional)

The children will play with a pretend pancake man and read and write words ending in –an, such as pan, tan, man, ran, and van.

Literacy Activities
Act out the story of the pancake man

  • Read Pancakes for Breakfast by Tommie DePaola or Tyler Makes Pancakes! by Tyler Florence & Craig Frazier (optional).
  • Read the target text A Pancake Man Ran Away and let the children act out the story:
    • Show a real or paper pancake and cut the pancake into the shape of a man, commenting on how the pancake man is tan.
    • Pretend the pancake man is hot and fan the man on the pan.
    • Say, “What if the man doesn't like the pan? Will it be like the story where the gingerbread man ran and ran? In our story, the pancake man ran and ran and then jumped into a van.”
    • Pretend the pancake man jumps in a van and drives away.
    • Wave goodbye to the tan pancake man in the van.
  • Cut out the word cards and place them in/under the can or van.
  • Let the children choose and read the word cards (provide support as necessary).
  • Have the children label the van and can graphics.

Optional Variation:

  • Read the target text How to Make A Pancake Man and help the children follow the instructions to cut out the tan man on the pan and make him run away to the van or can.
  • Help the children write “The tan pancake man is in the van.” or “The tan pancake man is in the can.” then have them underline the -an endings.

More Practice
Read target words in a text

  • Have the children underline the words that end in –an in the target text A Pancake Man Ran Away.
  • Read the target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
  • Read the text again fading support. 
  • Repeat with the How to Make a Pancake Man target text.

Write target words/patterns from the activity

  • Give each child a paper and pencil. Have them write words from dictation: pan, tan, man, ran, van.
  • Have the children fold the paper with –an words accordion style to make a fan.
  • Let the children use the paper fan to fan the pancake man, can, or van.
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SEEL Target Texts

A Pancake Man Ran Away

A tan pancake man sat in his pan.
The pancake man was hot, so we made a plan!
We ran to get a fan.
But the pancake man did not like the fan.
So he got off the pan and ran and ran.
We did not get to eat the pancake man!

How to Make a Pancake Man

Make a tan pancake.
Put the pancake on a pan.
Cut the pancake to look like a man.
Fan the pancake man on the pan.
Pretend the pancake is a real man.
Make the pancake man run away.
Let the pancake man run to a van.
Wave goodbye to the pancake man!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.