Sit on It
Target text


Read and write words ending with -it.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • sit
  • pit
  • fit
  • lit
  • bit
  • it


  • Chairs
  • Music
  • 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.  

Literacy Activities
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). 
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SEEL Target Texts

Sit on It

You can sit on a word that ends in -it.
The word lit ends in -it, so you can sit on it!
The word big does not end in -it, so you do not sit on it.
Instead, you get to sit in the pit.  
You can sit on a word that ends in -it.
The word kit ends with -it, so you can sit on it!
The word fit ends with -it, so you can sit on it!
Don’t quit!
You can sit on all the words that end in -it.
And you can sit in the pit if a word does not end in -it.
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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.
















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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.