A Pretend Ship Trip


Read and write words ending in –ip.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ship
  • trip
  • skip
  • tip
  • drip
  • flip


  • Sheep on a Ship by Nancy E. Shaw (optional)
  • Ship—created by moving desks together in the shape of a ship
  • Box and rolled paper (to use as a mast)
  • A Ship Trip song (see target text below)
  • A Pretend Ship Trip target text (see below)—1 per child
  • Word Cards (see below)
  • Word blending cards (see below)

State and model the objective  
Tell the children that today they will make a ship and go on a trip while they read and write words ending in –ip: ship, trip, dip, flip, slip.

Practice the skill within an activity

Ship Trip

  • As a group, move desks into the shape of a ship, and create a mast using a box and rolled paper.
  • Have the children skip to the ship.
  • Teach the children the A Ship Trip song (see target text below).
  • Pretend to be sailors, taking a trip on the ship.
  • Pretend to dip, tip, and flip the ship as you journey across the sea.
  • Sing the A Ship Trip song often on your trip.

Apply the skill

Read the book Sheep on a Ship by Nancy E. Shaw (optional).

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel:
    • ship trip; drip flip; dip tip
    • tip top; trip trap; drip drop
    • dip dim; tip tin; ship shin

Read target words in a text

  • Give out a copy of A Pretend Ship Trip (see target text below) to each child.
  • Read the text together as a group.
  • Read again, fading support.
  • Have the children identify and underline the –ip words on their copy of the text. 

SEEL Target Texts

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A Ship Trip

Skip, skip, skip to the ship.
Zip, zip, zip to the ship.
Skip, skip, skip to the ship.
We are on a ship trip.
Tip, tip, tip on the ship.
Slip, slip, slip on the ship!
Drip, drip, drip on the ship.
We went on a ship trip!

A Pretend Ship Trip

Take a pretend trip on a ship.
Skip, skip, skip to the ship.
Zip, zip, zip goes the ship!
Flip goes the ship!
Oh, NO!
Dip on the ship.
Drip, drip, drip!
Careful not to slip on the ship!
Slip, slip, slip!
Skip around the ship.
Skip, skip, skip!
Yip, yip, yip!
We had a great trip on a pretend ship!


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words ending in -ip.


  • -ip Action Word Cards (see below)
  • Pencil and paper

Activity: Ship Trip

  • Talk to your child about how fun it would be to take a trip on a ship.
  • Go to the couch, the table, or anywhere that you can sit down, and pretend you are on a ship. Take turns choosing an action word card, reading it, and then doing that action like you are on a ship.
  • As you perform the action, say what you are doing out loud (e.g.; We tip on the ship!).
  • After you take your pretend ship trip, write a short story together about the trip. Use as many words as possible that end with -ip
  • Read the story together with your child. Support where needed. Ensure that your child can read each word that ends with -ip.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.ip-word-cards


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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/.)