Snip, Drip, and Sip


Read and write words that end in –ip

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sip
  • dip
  • drip
  • tip
  • snip
  • clip
  • lip 


  • Small paper cups
  • Small amount of water
  • Straws
  • Juice pack or Ziploc bag filled with a little water
  • Scissors
  • Snip, Tip, Drip, and Sip target text (see below)
  • Ways to Sip target text (see below)
  • Sip from a Juice Bag target text (see below)
  • Sip from a Straw target text (see below)
  • -ip word cards (see below) 
  • Word blending letter cards (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children that they will sip and drip water as they practice reading and writing words that end in -ip: snip, rip, tip, clip, drip.

Practice the skill within an activity

Drip and sip water

  • Explore various ways of taking a sip with the children and highlight the –ip ending as you comment on what you and/or the children do:
    • “Tip and drip.” (Tip a container of water and let it drip into a cup.) 
    • “Tip and sip.  Tip.  Sip.  Don’t drip.”  (Tip a cup and then sip. Repeat several times.)
    • “Snip and sip.”  (Show a straw that is too tall for the cup. Snip a small piece off the straw then sip from the straw.)
    • “Snip, tip, drip, and sip.”  (Snip open a juice pack or Ziploc bag with water and tip to let drip into a cup and sip. Repeat by making the opening a little wider each time.)  
    • “Snip, dip, drip and sip.”  (Snip a straw. Dip the straw into water and hold a finger over the opening at the top. Let the water drip into your mouth or into a cup.)

Snip words that end with –ip

  • Help the children choose –ip word cards (see below).
  • Once the children have read the –ip words, let them snip and clip the words.

Apply the skill

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending  letter cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound(s): rip → tip, sip → snip, clip → slip
    • Change the ending sound: tip → tin; lip → lit; rip → rid
    • Change the vowel: tip → top; sip → sap; lip → lap; drip → drop

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

  • Read the target text Snip, Tip, Drip, and Sip together with the group. 
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ip.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the target texts Ways to Sip, Sip from a Juice Bag, and Sip from a Straw.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Distribute paper and pencils and have the children write words from dictation: tip, lip, sip, dip, rip.
  • Let the children dip the tip of a straw in water and drip the water on the list of words.

SEEL Target Texts

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Snip, Tip, Drip and Sip

Tip and drip.  
Tip and drip drops into a cup. 
Tip and sip.  
Tip and sip from a cup.
Snip and sip.
Snip or rip a cup and sip the drips.  
Dip and sip
Dip a straw in a cup and sip the drips.     
You can tip, drip, dip, and snip to get a sip!

Ways to Sip

Tip and drip drops into a cup. 
Tip and sip sips from a cup. 
Snip a straw and take a sip.
Dip a straw into a cup and drip drips on your lip.
Dip a straw into a cup and drip drips into a cup.
Snip and clip or rip a cup to make drips. 
Drip drops from the cup.  
Dip, drip, and sip.     
You can tip, drip, dip, snip, and rip to get a sip!

Sip from a Juice Bag

Clip and snip the bag.
Snip and clip to drip.  
Tip and drip.  
Drip the drink into a cup.
Tip the cup and drip.     
Tip the cup and sip. 

Sip from a Straw

Snip and clip a straw.
Dip the straw into the cup.
Dip the straw and let it drip.
Drip a drop onto your lip.
Dip the straw into the cup and sip.
Snip, dip, drip, and sip.     
You can tip, drip, dip, and snip to get a sip!



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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/.)