snip, drip, and sip

Snip, Drip, and Sip

Snip, Drip, and Sip
Target text


Read and write words that end in –ip

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • sip
  • dip
  • drip
  • tip
  • snip
  • clip
  • lip 


  • Small paper cups
  • Small amount of water
  • Straws
  • Juice pack or Ziploc bag filled with a little water
  • Scissors
  • Snip, Tip, Drip, and Sip target text
  • Ways to Sip target text
  • Sip from a Juice Bag target text
  • Sip from a Straw target text
  • Word cards
  • Word blending letter cards

The children will sip and drip water as they practice reading and writing words that end in -ip such as snip, rip, tip, clip, and drip.

Literacy Activities
Drip and sip water

  • Explore various ways of taking a sip with the children and highlight the –ip ending as you comment on what you and/or the children do:
    • “Tip and drip.” (Tip a container of water and let it drip into a cup.) 
    • “Tip and sip.  Tip.  Sip.  Don’t drip.”  (Tip a cup and then sip. Repeat several times.)
    • “Snip and sip.”  (Show a straw that is too tall for the cup. Snip a small piece off the straw then sip from the straw.)
    • “Snip, tip, drip, and sip.”  (Snip open a juice pack or Ziploc bag with water and tip to let drip into a cup and sip. Repeat by making the opening a little wider each time.)  
    • “Snip, dip, drip and sip.”  (Snip a straw. Dip the straw into water and hold a finger over the opening at the top. Let the water drip into your mouth or into a cup.)

Snip words that end with –ip

  • Help the children choose word cards.
  • Once the children have read the words, let them snip and clip the words.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending  letter cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound(s): rip → tip, sip → snip, clip → slip
    • Change the ending sound: tip → tin; lip → lit; rip → rid
    • Change the vowel: tip → top; sip → sap; lip → lap; drip → drop

Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity

  • Read the target text Snip, Tip, Drip, and Sip together with the group. 
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ip.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the target texts Ways to Sip, Sip from a Juice Bag, and Sip from a Straw.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Distribute paper and pencils and have the children write words from dictation: tip, lip, sip, dip, rip.
  • Let the children dip the tip of a straw in water and drip the water on the list of words.
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SEEL Target Texts

Snip, Tip, Drip and Sip

Tip and drip.  
Tip and drip drops into a cup. 
Tip and sip.  
Tip and sip from a cup.
Snip and sip.
Snip or rip a cup and sip the drips.  
Dip and sip
Dip a straw in a cup and sip the drips.     
You can tip, drip, dip, and snip to get a sip!

Ways to Sip

Tip and drip drops into a cup. 
Tip and sip sips from a cup. 
Snip a straw and take a sip.
Dip a straw into a cup and drip drips on your lip.
Dip a straw into a cup and drip drips into a cup.
Snip and clip or rip a cup to make drips. 
Drip drops from the cup.  
Dip, drip, and sip.     
You can tip, drip, dip, snip, and rip to get a sip!

Sip from a Juice Bag

Clip and snip the bag.
Snip and clip to drip.  
Tip and drip.  
Drip the drink into a cup.
Tip the cup and drip.     
Tip the cup and sip. 

Sip from a Straw

Snip and clip a straw.
Dip the straw into the cup.
Dip the straw and let it drip.
Drip a drop onto your lip.
Dip the straw into the cup and sip.
Snip, dip, drip, and sip.     
You can tip, drip, dip, and snip to get a sip!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.