chips in a lid

Chips in a Lid

Chips in a Lid
Target text


Read and write words with the short-i sound.

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • lid
  • fit
  • bit
  • big
  • chip
  • slip


  • A lid or a bin
  • Chips or pretend chips made from cardstock or styrofoam trays
  • Word-building cards*
  • Chips in a Lid text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will fit chips in a lid while reading and writing words with the short-i sound, such as fit, lid, bit, and chips.

Literacy Activities
Fill a lid with chips

  • Engage the children in reading Chips in a Lid (below), fading support.
  • Allow the children to take turns placing chips on the lid while saying “Will the chip fit?”
  • As the lid gets full, have the children break or rip the chips and put them on the lid while saying, “Bit by bit the chips will fit.”

Blend sounds into words

  • Demonstrate how to blend sounds into simple words.
  • Ask the children, “What word am I saying?” (e.g., f + it or f + i + t)
  • If children don’t answer after 2-3 seconds, say the word, then break it into its parts (“f + i + t makes fit!”).

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building cards, have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants:
    • chipsipslit; fitbitbig

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Have the children write words from dictation: fit, lid, sit, bit, chip.
  • Let the children rip the paper into bits and fit the bits in a lid.
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SEEL Target Texts

Fill a Lid or a Bin with Chips

A lid can be like a dish. 
A lid can be a thin dish.
A lid can be a dish for chips.
Let’s fill a lid with chips.
Will the chips fit?
Fill the lid with chips bit by bit.
If the chips don’t fit. . .
fill the lid with bits of chips.   
Will chips or bits of chips fit in a big lid?
Bit by bit we will fill a big lid with chips.
The chips fit in a lid, but bits of chips did slip out.
Let’s fill a bin with chips.
We did it!  The chips fit!
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