Don't Spit a Bit
Read and write words that end with -it.
- Several small tub toy animals that “spit” (squirt a small stream of water)
- A cookie sheet or plastic tub
- A plastic tub with an inch of water
- Word cards (see below)
- Letter cards (see below)
- Don’t Spit a Bit! target text (see below)
- Video: Archer Fish (optional)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will make animals spit and that they will read and write words that end with –it, such as spit, quit, slit, pit, fit, sit, hit, it, and split.
Practice the skill within an activity
Talk about animals that spit
- Put the word cards in the bottom of a plastic tub or cookie sheet and set it on a desk or table.
- Fill each of the tub toys with water (if no tub toys are available, a small, clean, travel-sized shampoo or lotion tube would work - draw or attach a picture of a fish to it).
- Explain that some animals spit (llamas, camels, cobras, and archer fish) while other animals do not spit (birds, mice, and dogs) – not even a bit.
- Show the children the video about how archer fish spit to catch their food (optional – hyperlink above).
- Tell the children that people don’t spit unless they need to spit something yucky out of their mouths.
- Show the children a tub animal that can spit and explain that they will make the animal spit and hit the words that end with -it.
- Have the children line up behind a table/desk and have them read aloud an -it word they want to hit, then take turns trying to hit their word with the tub animal’s ‘spit’ (water).
- Repeat until all of the children have had a turn.
Apply the skill
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Let the children make different words (e.g. spit) from letter cards (see below) by changing either of the consonants or the vowel.
- Change the beginning sound(s): bit → sit; fit → pit; split → lit; spit → pit; spit → sit
- Change the vowel sound: sit → set; hit → hat; pit → put
- Change the ending sound(s): fit → fin; hit → him; pit → pig
- For each of the words the children make, have them produce the sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into a word.
Read target words in a text
- Have the children underline the words that end in -it in the Don’t Spit a Bit! target text (see below).
- Read the text to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
- Read the text again, fading support.
SEEL Target Texts
Don't Spit a Bit!
- 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.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Don't Spit a Bit