Zip and Clip

Zip and Clip
Target text


Read and write words that end in –ip.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • zip
  • rip
  • clip
  • snip
  • grip


  • Real zipper that works (cut out of old clothing) 
  • Real broken zipper (cut out of an old piece of clothing) (optional)
  • Paper zippers
  • Piece of cloth with zipper marks made on it with a marker (optional)
  • Clips (paper clip, binder clip, chip bag clip, or clothes pins)
  • Letter cards
  • Zip and Rip a Paper Zipper target text 
  • Zip a Zipper Up and Down target text
  • Some Zippers Can Zip target text

The children will zip and clip and that they will read and write words ending in –ip such as zip, clip, snip, rip, flip, skip, and trip. 

Literacy Activities
Zip a real zipper up and down

  • Have the children grip a real zipper and zip it up and down 
  • Write zip and unzip on the board or on a large piece of paper.
  • Point to zip to have children zip the zipper up or to unzip to have them zip the zipper down.

Try to zip a zipper that can’t zip

  • Let children grip the broken zipper and then try to zip the zipper.
  • Comment on how the zipper can’t zip up or down.
  • Put a clip on the zipper to keep it closed.

Zip, snip, clip and rip paper zippers

  • Pass out the paper zippers and ask the children if the paper zippers can zip.
  • Have the children write zip on each zipper graphic.
  • Let the children snip, clip, or rip the paper zipper to zip it down (or to unzip the zipper).

Fix the rip in the paper zipper

  • Ask the children if they can zip up the zipper that they just snipped or ripped.
  • Let the children grip a clip and use the clip to clip the paper zipper together.
  • Have the children grip the clip as they pretend to zip the zipper up.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending letter cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or the beginning consonant(s):
    • Change the beginning sound(s): clip → snip, zip → rip, lip → slip, dip → hip
    • Change the middle sound: rip → rap, flip → flop, nip → nap
    • Change the ending sound: dip → did; sip → sit; rip → rib

Read target words in a text

  • Read the target text Zip and Rip a Paper Zipper together as a group. 
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ip.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the texts Zip a Zipper Up and Down and Some Zippers Can Zip (optional).

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and have the children write words from dictation: zip, sip, rip, dip, snip.
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SEEL Target Texts

Zip and Rip a Paper Zipper

Here’s how to zip a paper zipper.
Grip the zipper.
Rip or snip the zipper to zip it down.
Rip the zipper where the zipper zips.
Did the zipper rip where the zipper zips?
Use a clip to keep the zipper zipped.
Is it zipped?
You can’t really zip a paper zipper with a rip.

Zip a Zipper Up and Down

Zip a zipper up.
Zip a zipper down.
Rip or snip a paper zipper to zip it down.
Put a clip on the zipper to keep it up.
You can’t really zip up a zipper with a rip.

Some Zippers Can Zip

Some zippers can zip.
Some zippers can’t zip.
Most zippers can zip up and zip down.
Some zippers are broken.
Broken zippers don’t zip up and don’t zip down.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.