Get the Pet to the Vet
- Pictures of pets
- "Vet" sign
- Pretend vet tools (optional)
- Word blending cards
- Can a Cat be a Pet? target text
- Which Pet Likes to Get Wet? target text
- My Pet Named Jet target text
The children will take sick pets to the vet as they read and write words that end with –et: pet, met, get, vet, wet, net, yet, let.
Decide who can be a pet
- Read the Can a Cat be a Pet? target text.
- Discuss what kinds of animals make good pets.
- Tell the children that a good pet might be one they could let into their house or keep in the yard.
- Write “Animals I would let get in my house or yard” on the board and make a list of animals that would make good pets.
- Write “Animals I would not let get in my house or yard” on the board and make a list of animals that would not make good pets.
- Read the Which Pet Likes to Get Wet? target text.
- Tell the children they will get to meet pretend pets.
- Let the children choose a pet and take turns asking, “Have you met my pet yet?”
- Have the children tell if their pet likes to get wet or if it does not like to get wet.
- Let each child name their pretend pet with a silly name that ends with –et (e.g. Jet, Det, Fet, Zet, etc.).
- Have each child write the silly name they chose on the paper pet.
Get the pet to the vet
- Set up the "Vet" sign at one end of the room.
- Explain that when you get a new pet, the vet needs to check the pet.
- Let the children choose a pet and take the pet to the "Vet" sign.
- Let the children take turns being the vet who helps each pet.
- Encourage each vet to make comments using –et words such as the following:
- This is the best pet yet.
- This pet is set.
- Let me check this pet.
- I bet this pet is a great pet.
- This is a pet that likes to get wet.
- This pet looks like it can run as fast as a jet.
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
- pet → vet, met → wet, get → let, set → yet
- pet → pen, let → led, met → men, jet → Jen
- vet → vat, get → got, set → sit, pet → pat
Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity
- Read the My Pet Named Jet target text together with the children.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Have the children underline the words that end in –et.
Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Play a “get the pet to the vet” game with children.
- Have the children take turns passing a pet around the circle.
- As children get the pet, have them say a new word that ends in –et.
- Write each new word on the board.
- When the pet gets all the way around the circle, let the last child get the pet to the vet.
- Repeat the game, but this time, have children write each word on the back of the pet picture.
- Give the children a paper and pencil and have them write words from dictation: pet, vet, met, get, let, set, bet, wet, net, yet.
- Give the children a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word: pet, pit, pot, not, net, met, men, pen, pan, pat, sat, set, yet.
SEEL Target Texts
My Pet Named Jet
Which Pet Likes to Get Wet?
Can a Cat be a Pet?
SEEL At Home
Read and write words that end with -et.
- My Pet Named Jet text
- Pet picture cards
Activity: Get the Pet to the Vet
- Read the text My Pet named Jet with your child. Help your child read and underline all of the -et words in the text. Make a list of words that end with -et.
- Help your child make a sign that says "vet".
- Cut out and shuffle the pet pictures, then divide the pictures equally between all players.
- Each player will place his or her cards face down in a pile in front of them. Each player will take turns as they turn his or her top card over in the pile.
- If the pictures from two consecutive players match, shout "Get the pet to the vet!" Whoever shouts it first will run the two pets to the vet by putting them on the vet sign.
- Repeat until there are no pet cards left.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Get the Pet to the Vet