a paper ship trip


Read and write words ending in –ip.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ship
  • tip
  • dip
  • flip
  • drip


  • Ship Picture (laminated)
  • Small bowls or tubs filled with water
  • Word Cards
  • Word blending cards
  • Towels (optional)

The children will take a ship trip as they read and write words ending in –ip such as skip, tip, drip, and flip.

Literacy Activities
Ship Trip

  • (You may want to set towels under the bowls or tubs of water or simply complete the activity outside)
  • Have several children take turns choosing a word card. As a class, decide on different actions for each word card (e.g., For dip: the children could take turns dipping their ships in the water. For drip, the children could let water drip off the ship’s back into the bowl, etc.). 
  • Give each child a laminated paper ship and bowl of water or have several children share a tub of water. 
  • Have each child choose an action card and read it out loud, then have everyone perform the selected action with his or her ship. 
  • Say each action as it is performed (e.g.; Flip the ship!), encouraging the children to say it with you.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards, 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

Write target words

  • As a group, make a list of words ending in –ip on the board.
  • Have each child write a few sentences describing their ship trip (e.g., I took a ship trip. The ship did a flip. etc.) 
  • Encourage them to look at the list of words on the board for help.


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words ending in -ip.


  • Laminated paper ship
  • Word Cards
  • Bowl of water

Activity: Ship Trip

  • Take turns choosing a word card, reading it, and then doing that -ip action with the paper ship in the bowl of water (e.g.; For dip, the children could take turns dipping their ships in the water. For drip, you could have them dip the ship, and show them how to let water drip off the ships back into the bowl).
  • As you perform the action, say what you are doing out loud (e.g.; Flip the ship!).
  • Help your child write your short story about the ship that went on a trip (e.g.; My ship went on a trip. My ship did a flip on the trip. My ship got a rip).
  • 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/.)