Sit on It
- Sign labeled “Pit”*
- Word cards*
- Letter cards*
- Sit on It target text*
*Item included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will sit on words that end with -it as they read and write words ending with -it, such as sit, pit, fit, lit, bit and it.
Sit on It
- Set chairs up in a circle with seats facing out and tape a word card (see below) to each chair; place the sign labeled “Pit” (see below) in an area separate from the circle.
- Tell the children to find a chair in the circle to sit on.
- Start the music and have the children stand up and walk around the circle while it’s playing.
- Stop the music and have the children sit on the chair closest to them as they shout, “Sit on It!”
- Have the children take turns reading the word card on the back of their chair aloud.
- If it’s a word that ends with -it, they can carry on with the game.
- If the word does not end with -it, they will have to sit in the pit.
- Remove the same number of chairs as children who had to sit in the pit, being sure to take out both -it and non -it chairs so the game can continue.
- Start the music again and repeat until all of the words that do not end with -it are eliminated.
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Let the children make a target word (e.g. sit) from letter cards (see below) and then let them make different words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel.
- Change the beginning sound(s): pit → sit; fit → lit; kit → hit
- Change the vowel sound: sit → sat; pit → pet; lit → lot
- Change the ending sound(s): bit → big; fit → fin; hit → him
- For each of the words the children make, have them produce the sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into the word.
Read target words in a text
- Have the children underline the words that end in -it in the Sit on It 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.
Write about the activity using target words and phrases
- Display target words on a word wall (i.e., sit, pit, fit, lit, bit, it) and then engage the children in one of the following:
- Re-read the target text and permit the children to write their own version of the text.
- Have the children write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text (e.g., We had to sit in the pit).
SEEL Target Texts
Sit on It
SEEL At Home
Read and write words that end with -it.
- Word cards
- A bowl or container to use as a "pit"
Activity: Match the -it words
Match the -it words
- Shuffle the word cards and lay them face down in rows.
- Take turns turning over two of the cards and reading the words on each card.
- If the cards match, keep them.
- If they don't match, turn them both back over.
- When the game is over, read the -it cards together and have your child write a list of the words.
Get it in the pit
- Divide the word cards into two stacks and take turns reading the cards aloud then trying to toss them into a "pit" (a bowl or container) which is set a reasonably challenging distance away.
- Cheer each other on by saying, "Get it in the pit!" and see who can get the most cards in the pit.
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/.)
Sit on It