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