Target text
Drip Drip Drop


Read and write words that end with –ip.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • dip
  • drip 
  • rip 
  • tip 
  • snip 
  • strip


  • Paint, paper, paper plates, and scissors
  • Newspaper or a tablecloth
  • Aprons (optional)
  • Tips for Making Drip Art target text 
  • Word cards
  • Word Blending Cards

The children will drip paint as they will read and write words that end with –ip such as dip, drip, rip, tip, strip, grip, and snip.

Literacy Activities
Making Drip Art 

  • Cover a table with newspaper or a tablecloth that can get stained.
  • Distribute paint, paper plates, paper, and scissors.
  • Allow the children to wear an apron (optional).
  • Read Tips for Making Drip Art target text with the children and have the children follow the steps in the text to create their art:
    • Help the children squirt a little bit of paint onto each of the paper plates.
    • Ask the children to tear a small strip off of a piece of paper.
    • Have the children to cut off the tip of one side of the strip of paper (if possible, cut the strip at an angle so that there is a point at the end).
    • Invite the children to dip the tip of their paper strip into their paint.
    • Allow the children to make drip art by holding the tip of the paper strip over a sheet of paper so that the paint drips onto the sheet 
    • Have the children say, “Drip! Drip! Drip!” each time they let paint drip onto their paper.
  • Help the children read words.
  • Allow the children to create drip art on the word cards.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound: dip → tip; sip → rip; lip → hip
    • Change the ending sound: dip → did; sip → sit; rip → rib
    • Change the middle sound: sip → sap; rip → rap; tip → tap

Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the target text Tips for Making Drip Art together with the group. 
    • Have the children underline the words in the text that end with –ip.
    • Read the text again fading support.

Write target words

  • Have children identify the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words by tapping their shoulder (beginning), their elbow (middle) and fingers (end) (e.g., lip = /l/ tap shoulder, /i/ tap elbow, /p/ tap fingers).
    • dip = /d/ /i/ /p/
    • rip = /r/ /i/ /p/
    • sip = /s/ /i/ /p/
  • Have the children write the words then allow them to drip paint on their words (optional).

SEEL Target Texts

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Tips for Making Drip Art

This is how you paint with strips that drip.
Rip a strip of paper.
Grip the strip.
Snip the tip of the strip. 
Dip the tip in paint. 
Dip the tip of the strip.
Let the tip drip.
Let the paint on the strip drip. 
Drip.  Drip.  Drip. 



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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/.)