Bit by Bit

Objective

Read and write words that end with -it.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bit
  • sit
  • fit
  • it
  • hit
  • pit

Materials:

  • Large breakable item (e.g., Styrofoam packing containers, cereal box)
  • Box or container (which is too small for the large item to fit into)
  • Groups of similar items (e.g., writing tools, toys) and items that do not belong to the groups (e.g., sock)
  • Which One Does Not Fit? page (see below)
  • Fit it in the Slit page and word cards (see below)
  • Bit by Bit text (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will talk about what it means for something to fit, and that they will read and write words that end with –it: bit, sit, fit, it, split, slit, hit, pit.

Practice the skill within an activity

Break an item into bits to make it fit

  • Give the children a large item (e.g., Styrofoam container, cereal box) and a small box or container.
  • Have the children try to fit the large item into the small box and comment that it does not fit.
  • Let the children try to hit the large item and sit on it to try to make it fit in the small box. 
  • Instruct the children to tear or break the large item into bits to make it fit in the small box.
  • Comment that the bit can fit in the box then help the children write the word bit on one of the bits.

Identify items that fit

  • Explain that the word fit can also mean to go together or belong with a group of items.
  • Set out a group of items (e.g., writing instruments), show an item that doesn’t belong to that group (e.g., a sock), and ask the children if that item fits.
  • Show the children an additional item that does fit and ask the children if the item fits.
  • Repeat with other groups of items.
  • Give the children the Which One Does Not Fit? page (see below), and have them circle the item that does not fit in each row.

Fit word cards in a slit

  • Cut along the dotted lines on the Fit it in the Slit page (see below) to create a slit for word cards. 
  • Show the children the word cards one at a time, and help them read the word on each card.
  • For each of the words the children read, have them produce the sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into the word.
  • Let the children fold the word cards and try to make them fit in the slit.

Apply the skill

Read target words in texts

  • Have the children underline the words that end with –it in the text Bit by Bit (see below).
  • Read the text Bit by Bit to the children. 
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
  • Read the Bit by Bit text again, fading support.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Give the children a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word: bit  fit  fin  fan  fat  sat  sit hit  pit.
  • For each of the words the children write, have them produce the sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into the word.
  • Let the children write a simple sentence using words that end with –it (e.g., Fit a bit in the slit).

SEEL Target Texts

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Bit by Bit

I want to put a big box into a little box, but it doesn’t fit.
Maybe if I hit it I can make it fit.
No. It still does not fit.
Maybe if I sit on it I can make it fit.
No.  It still does not fit.
What if I tear it into bits?
Bit by bit I can fit the big box in.
Lickety split! 
I did it!  Now it all fits!

Printouts

Standards

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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/.)

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