not a nut

Not a Nut
Target text


Read and write short-vowel words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • nut
  • net
  • not


  • Nuts
  • Nets
  • A Nut is Not a Net target text*
  • Word-building cards*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will play with nuts and nets and that they will read and write short-vowel words.

Literacy Activities
Play with nuts and nets

  • Engage the children in reading the A Nut is Not a Net target text (see below).
  • Show the children a nut (be careful of potential nut allergies) and a net (from orange or onion packaging).
  • Hold up the nut and ask, “Is this a net?”
  • Hold up the net and ask, “Is this a nut?”
  • Tell the children that a nut is not a net.
  • Let the children put a nut on a net and a net on a nut.
  • Let the child put a nut in a net.
  • Tell the children that a net cannot go in a nut.

Write about the activity

  • Let the children label the nut and the net.
  • Have the children write target words from dictation (e.g., net, nut, net).
  • Help the children write the sentence “A net is not a nut” and "A nut is not a net.”

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowels.
    • nutnet→ not


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SEEL Target Texts

A Nut Is Not a Net

A nut is not a net.
A net is not a nut.
A nut can fit in a net.
But a net can not fit in a nut.
Can you get a nut in a net?
A nut can go in a net.
A nut can go in a net.
And a nut can go on a net.
Get a nut in a net.
Get a nut on a net.
A net can not go in a nut.
A net can go on a nut.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.