a trip on a ship

A Trip on a Ship

A Trip on a Ship
Target text


Read and write words that end in ip.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • Box and rolled paper
  • Old piece of cloth or paper towel
  • A Ship Trip target text*
  • A Trip on a Ship target text*
  • Word-building cards*
  • Sheep on a Ship by Nancy E. Shaw (optional)
  • Ship (big box) (optional)

*Items included below.

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

Literacy Activities

Read the book Sheep on a Ship by Nancy E. Shaw to the children (optional).
Take an imaginary trip on a ship

  • Create a ship from a cardboard box with rolled paper to be the mast and a piece of cloth to be the sail


  • Invent an imaginary ship by gesturing where the ship is docked and place the “sail” (cloth or paper towel) on the designated spot
  • Have the children engage in the following actions:
    • Skip to the ship 
    • Grip on and do not trip
    • Zip along as the ship zips fast
    • Tip and flip as the ship tips and flips
    • Slip as the ship tips and flips
    • Feel the wind whip and rip the sail
    • Dip down
    • Drip (sprinkle drips of water or pretend to sprinkle water)

Read about the Ship Trip

  • Read the A Ship Trip target text (see below) with the children fading support.
  • Read A Ship Trip again as lyrics to a song or chant.
  • Read the A Trip on a Ship text (see below) as a group or have the children read their own copies.

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building 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
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SEEL Target Texts

A Ship Trip

Skip, skip, skip.  Skip  to a ship.
Get on the ship!  Grip on!
Do not trip.  Do not slip.
Zip, zip, zip.  The ship goes fast.
Tip, tip, tip.  The ship tips.   
Flip, flip, flip.  The ship flips.
Whip, whip, whip.  The wind whips
Rip, rip, rip.  The sail rips.
Dip, dip, dip.  The ship dips down.
Drip, drip, drip.  The ship drips.   
What a ship trip!

A Trip on a Ship

Let’s take a trip on a ship.
Skip, skip, skip to the ship.
Get on the ship.  Do not trip.
Skip around the ship but do not slip.
Zip as the ship zips fast!
Tip and flip as the ship tips and flips!
Oh, NO!
The wind whips.
The sail rips.
The ship dips down in the water.
The ship drips.
Drip, drip, drip!
Do not skip and slip on the drips.
And do not slip off the ship!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.