get the pet to the vet

Get the Pet to the Vet

Get the Pet to the Vet
Target text


Read and write words that end with et.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • pet
  • get
  • vet
  • wet
  • net
  • let


  • Pretend vet tools (optional)
  • Pictures of pets*
  • "Vet" sign*
  • Word-building cards*
  • My Pet Named Jet target text*
  • Can a Cat be a Pet? target text*

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will take sick pets to the vet as they read and write words that end with et, such as pet, get, vet, wet, net, let.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

Read the target words with the children: pet, get, vet, wet, net, and let.

Decide who can be a pet

  • Read the Can a Cat be a Pet? target text (see below) with the children.
  • Discuss what kinds of animals make good pets and tell the children that a good pet might be one they can let into their house or keep in the yard.
  • Make a T-chart and list animals that would or would not make good pets.

Meet pets

  • Read the My Pet Named Jet target text (see below).
  • Let the children choose a pet (see below) and ask, “Have you met my pet yet?”
  • Let each child name their pretend pet with a silly name that ends with et (e.g. Jet, Det, Fet, Zet).
  • Have each child write the silly name they chose on the paper pet.

Get the pet to the vet

  • Set up the "Vet" sign (see below) 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.
  • Have the children take turns being the vet who helps each pet.
  • Encourage each vet to make comments using –et words (e.g., This is the best pet yet. This pet is set. Let me check this pet. This is a pet that likes to get wet).

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

With the word-building cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing a consonant or the vowel.

  • Change the beginning consonant: pet → vet; met → wet; get → let
  • Change the vowel: vet → vat; get → got; set → sit; pet → pat
  • Change the ending consonant: pet → pen; let → led; met → men

Write about the activity using target words

  • Let the children pass pets (see below) around a circle and write -et words on the back of the card.
  • When the pet gets all the way around, let the last child get the pet to the vet. 
  • Have the children write words from dictation: pet, vet, met, get, let, set, bet, wet.
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SEEL Target Texts

My Pet Named Jet

I have a pet.
His name is Jet. 
He is as black as a dog can get.
He can run fast.
He can run as fast as a jet.
He is as fast as a dog can get.
Yesterday my pet got cold and wet.
Poor pet!
I took my pet to the vet.
The vet said, don’t fret!
Jet is as good as a dog can get.
He is the best pet I’ve ever met.
That Jet is some pet!

Can a Cat be a Pet?

A cat can be a pet.
A dog can be a pet.
A fish can be a pet.
A bird can be a pet.
I can let a pet cat, dog, fish, or bird in my house.
What kind of animal cannot be a pet?
A bat cannot be a pet.
A fox cannot be a pet.
A bob-cat cannot be a pet.
I cannot let a bat, fox, or bob-cat in my house.
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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.



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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.