Get the Pet Wet


Read and write words that end in –et.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • wet
  • pet
  • net
  • get
  • let


  • Small plastic pets or laminated pet graphics (see below)
  • Net (e.g., the netting used to package oranges, onions, potatoes)
  • Bowl or container of water
  • Word set cards (see below)
  • Word part cards (see below)
  • Word blending cards (see below)
  • Which Pet Likes to Get Wet? target text (see below)
  • We Let a Pet Get Wet target text (see below)
  • Get the Pet Wet target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will get a pet wet or into a net as they read and write words that end in –et: wet, pet, net, get, let, set.

Practice the skill within an activity

Let a pet get wet or get a pet in a net

  • Explain to the children that a "pet" is an animal you love and take care of such as a dog, cat, or fish.
  • Read the target text Which Pet Likes to Get Wet? (see below).
  • Let the children choose a toy pet or laminated pet graphic (see below).
  • Have the children decide if their pet likes to get wet or if their pet does not like to get wet.
  • Set up a bowl or container of water opposite the children and hold a net over the water.
  • If a child's pet likes to get wet, let them try to get their pet wet by tossing the pet into the water.
  • If a child's pet does not like to get wet, let them try to toss their pet in the net.
  • Have the other children say “Get ready! Get set! Get the pet wet!” or “Get ready! Get Set! Get the pet in the net!” when a child tosses a pet.

Get -et words from a net and get the words wet

  • Cut out word part cards (see below) and put the letter cards in a net and the -et endings on a table or board.
  • Let children pick out a letter from the net and put it together with the -et ending.
  • Read and blend the word part cards with the children to make a word.
  • Let children trade their words with other children.
    • Have children ask for another child's letter card to trade. For example, have children ask, "Will you let me get a pet?" and have the other child respond, "I will let you get a pet. Will you let me get a net?

Apply the skill

Identify, blend and segment sounds in words

  • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • wet pet; get set; net bet; met let
    • get got; set sat; let lit; net  nut; pet pot
    • let led; pet peg; bet bed; net ten

Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity (see texts below)

  • Read the target text We Let a Pet Get Wet together with the children.
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –et.
  • Repeat with the target text Get the Pet Wet.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Give the children paper and pencil and have them write words from dictation that they heard in the activity, such as pet, get, net and wet.
  • Play a “pass the pet” game with the children.
    • Have the children sit in a circle and pass the net (see graphic below) around the circle.
    • As children get the net, have them say the word "net" and then turn the word "net" into another -et word by changing the initial consonant (e.g., net → wet).
    • Have the children take turns writing their word on the board.

SEEL Target Texts

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Get the Pet Wet

Get set!
Ready, set?
Get a net.  Get a pet.
Now try to get the pet in the net. 
Did you get the pet in the net?
Get set!  Ready, set?
Now try to get the pet wet.
Did you get the pet in the net wet?
The pet in the net got wet!

We Let a Pet Get Wet

We got a pet. We got a net. 
We got the pet in the net.
Then we got the pet wet.
We did not get a real pet wet.
We got a paper pet wet.

Which Pet Likes to Get Wet?

Cats do not like to get wet.
Some dogs do not like to get wet.
But some dogs do like to get wet.
Some dogs like to get a little wet.
Birds like to get wet.
Birds like to get a little wet.
Fish like to get wet. 
Fish like to get really wet. 
Fish need to be wet.


SEEL At Home

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  • Read and write words that end with -et.


  • Get the Pet Wet text and pet pictures (see below)
  • A net (this can be a towel, plastic bag, onion bag, etc.)
  • Large bowl of water 
  • Plastic sandwich bags (optional)

Activity: Get a Pet Wet

  • Read the text Get the Pet Wet with your child, help him or her read and underline all of the -et words, and make a list of the words that end with -et.
  • Place each pet picture inside of a plastic bag to protect it from getting wet (optional). 
  • Stand opposite your child on either side of the large bowl of water, hold the net over the water and have your child try to toss the pet pictures one at a time into the net. 
  • Tell your child to try not to get their pet wet as they toss the pet into the net. 
  • Each time a pet lands in the net, have your child say, "The pet is in the net," but if the pet lands in the water, say, "The pet got wet!"
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Text-and-pet-graphics


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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/.)