don't spit a bit

Don't Spit a Bit

Don't Spit a Bit
Target text


Read and write words that end with -it.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • spit
  • slit
  • pit
  • fit
  • sit
  • hit 
  • bit


  • 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
  • Letter cards
  • Don’t Spit a Bit! target text 
  • Video: Archer Fish (optional)

The children will make animals spit as they will read and write words that end with –it, such as spit, quit, slit, pit, fit, sit, hit, it, and split.

Literacy Activities
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.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds 

  • Let the children make different words (e.g. spit) from letter cards 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. 
  • Read the text to the children. 
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you. 
  • Read the text again, fading support. 
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SEEL Target Texts

Don't Spit a Bit!

Some tub toys can spit. 
Here is what to say to a toy that spits: 
You can spit. 
You can spit a bit. 
But, don't spit at me! 
Don't spit at me - not even a bit! 
If you spit at me, I'll say, "I quit!" 
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.