A Witch’s Flat Hat
- Black construction paper
- Pictures* or toy bat, cat, and rat
- A Witch’s Flat Hat target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will read and write stories about a witch that will use short-a words, words such as fat, hat, bat, cat, black, splat, and dash.
Introduce the target words
- Show the children words from the text.
- Point out that all the words have the short-a sound.
- Help the children read the words.
- Optional: show the children how a bat can flap in this video.
Read A Witch’s Flat Hat
- Read A Witch’s Flat Hat text (see below) with children and fade support.
- Have the children find words in the poem that have the short-a sound.
- Show how the poem is in the shape of a hat and let the children draw a witch’s hat.
- Have the children write short-a words to dictation on the hats they draw (e.g., at, flap, bat, hat, black, rat, bat, cat).
Make a witch’s hat
- Have the children make witches’ hats out of black paper triangles stapled to headbands.
- Let the children use chalk to write hat on their hats.
- Use the hats as props for the next activity.
Re-enact the story
- Label the pictures of the bat, cat, and rat (see below) and assign them as roles for re-enacting the story.
- Have the bat, cat, and rat run and jump on the hat.
- Let a witch wave a pretend broom at the cat, rat, and bat; tell them to “scat;” and smack the hat flat.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- Have the children blend individual sounds into words by clapping once for each sound, and then a fourth time to say the whole word.
- /b/ /a/ /t/ = /bat/
- /b/ /a/ /ck/ = /back/
- /d/ /a/ /sh/ = /dash/
- /h/ /a/ /t/ = /hat/
- Point out that all of the words have the /a/ vowel sound.
Write about the activity using target words
- Have the children take turns passing the flat hat.
- As the children receive the hat, have them say a new word that ends in -at.
- Write each new word on the board.
- Repeat the game, this time having the children write each word on or around the paper hat.
- Allow the children to write a sentence about a hat using the words written on the hat (e.g., “I see a cat on a hat”).
A Witch’s Flat Hat