let's get a pet


Read and write words that end in -et.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • get
  • wet
  • pet
  • net


  • Net or net graphic
  • Real fish tank or graphic
  • Real fish food or graphic
  • Letter cards
  • Readers’ theatre script entitled Let’s Get a Pet

The children they will pretend to get some things at a pet shop as they read and write words that end in -et, such as get, set, bet, pet, wet, and forget.  

Literacy Activities
Pretend to get a pet fish at a pet store

  • Write the title, Let’s Get a Pet on the board and point out that the letters e and t together make the /et/ sound and underline the -et endings as you read the title aloud. 
  • Ask the children to follow along in the script and circle the words that end in -et as you read the Let’s Get a Pet reader’s theatre script aloud to them.
  • Read the mom’s parts in the play while the children read the children’s parts together.
  • (Optional) Repeat, having two children do actions for the children’s parts if desired.
  • When the reader’s theatre is over, ask the children what words they heard in the play that end in -et and write them on the board, pointing out the -et endings.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Let the children make a target word (e.g. pet) from letter cards and then let them make different words by changing either the consonants or the vowel.
    • Change the beginning sound(s): pet → met; get → let; bet → wet
    • Change the vowel sound: pet → pat; get → got; bet → bit
    • Change the ending sound(s): pet → pen; get → gel; bet → beg
  • For each of the words the children make, have them produce the sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into the word.

Write about the activity using target words and phrases 

  • Refer the children to the -et words on the board from the introductory activity and have the children write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text (e.g., Don’t forget to get a pet.).

SEEL Target Texts

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Let's Get a Pet

Reader's Theatre Script 
(At home)
Mom: Let’s go get a pet at the pet shop. Let’s get a pet that likes to be wet.
Children: Yes, let’s!
Mom: Are you set?
Children: Not yet. We’ll get set.  
Mom: Set yet?
Children: Yes, you bet! We’re set. 
Mom: Here are things we need to get:
         a tank to keep the pet wet,
         a net to get the pet wet,
         some food for our pet, 
         and we cannot forget our pet that needs to stay wet
         a pet fish!
Children:  Okay.  Let’s jet!
(In the car)
Children: Are we there yet?
Mom: Not yet!  Not there yet.
Children: Are we there yet?
Mom: Yup, you bet!
(In the shop)
Mom: I’ll get a tank to keep the pet wet. I’ll get food for our pet.
Children: We’ll get a net to get our pet. 
(At the checkout)
Store clerk: Are you set?
Children: We are set.  
(At home)
Mom: We got food for our pet. We got a tank to keep the pet wet. 
Children: We got the net.
Mom: What did we forget to get? 
Children: We forgot to get the pet. We forgot to get our pet fish.
Mom: Don’t be upset. Don’t fret. Get set to go back to get our pet.
Children: Yes, let’s go get our pet. We will not forget to get our pet.  



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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.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)