a trip on a ship

Target text


Read and write words ending in -ip.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Ship (desks moved together in the shape of a ship)
  • Box and rolled paper
  • Word cards*
  • Word-blending cards*
  • A Ship Trip target text*
  • A Pretend Ship Trip target text*
  • Book: Sheep on a Ship by Nancy E. Shaw (optional)

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make a ship and go on a trip while they read and write words ending in -ip such as ship, trip, dip, flip, and slip.

Literacy Activities
Ship Trip

  • Read the book Sheep on a Ship by Nancy E. Shaw to the children (optional).
  • 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 and explain that skip and ship both end in -ip.
  • Teach the children the A Ship Trip target text, pointing out the -ip words.
  • 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.

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

Read target words in a text

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


  • Word Cards

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, supporting where needed, inviting your child to read each word that ends with -ip with you.
  • 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/.)