Tap a Cap
Read and write words that end in –ap.
- Bottle caps
- Caps that snap (e.g. lids for lotion or shampoo bottles)
- Letters cards
- Kitchen tongs (optional)
- Clap and Tap the Cap chant
The children will tap and snap caps and read and write words that end in –ap, such as cap, tap, flap, clap, snap, and slap.
Trap a cap
- Line up several caps in a row so that they are almost touching.
- Demonstrate how to snap a trap on a cap using tongs (optional) or using your thumb and index finger to snap your fingers on the cap.
- Place a cap in your lap and point out that there is a gap in the row where the cap used to be.
- Allow the children to make a trap to snap on a cap then have them put the cap in their lap.
Tap and flap a cap
- Read the chant Clap and Tap the Cap with the children.
- Allow the children to act out the chant using caps to clap, snap, flap, slap, tap, and then take a nap.
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Tape or write different letters on several caps. This can be done previously or with the children.
- Have the children arrange the caps to form words that end in –ap by changing the initial consonant (i.e., cap, tap, gap, lap, nap, map).
- Help the children use the caps to make new words by changing the vowel or the final consonant:
- Change the middle vowel sound: tap → top; map → mop; rap → rip; sap → sip
- Change the ending sound: cap → can; map → mat; sap → sat; tap → tan
Read target words in a text
- Read the chant Clap and Tap the Cap together with the children.
- Have the children underline the words that end in –ap.
- Read the text again, fading support.
Write about the activity using target words
- Write about the activity using target words, such as cap, tap, flap, snap and trap.
- Give each child a paper and pencil and have the children write words that end in –ap from dictation (i.e., tap, cap, map, zap, gap, nap, lap).
- Tell the children to flap their paper when they finish writing a word to show that they are done.
SEEL Target Texts
Clap and Tap the Cap
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/.)
Tap a Cap