A cat and a rat in a can

A cat and a rat in a can
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Target text

Objective

Read and write words with the short-a sound. 

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • can
  • rat 
  • cat 
  • ran
  • fat
  • sat

Materials:

  • A can
  • Cat graphic* or toy cat
  • Rat graphic* or toy rat
  • Can a cat and a rat fit in a can? text*

*Items included below. 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will read and write words using the short-a sound, such as cat, rat, can, and ran

Literacy Activities 
Introduce target words

  • Display a list of the target words.
  • Show the children that all the words have the short-a sound. 
  • Help the children read the words. 

Read Can a cat and a rat fit in a can? 

  • Engage the children in reading Can a Cat and a Rat Fit in a Can? text (see below). 
  • Let the children act out the story using a cat, a rat, and a can. 
  • Have the children read the text again, fading support. 
  • Have the children find words in the text that use the short-a sound. 

Count sounds in words

  • Ask the children to hold up one finger for each sound in a word (e.g., “Let’s count the sounds in can. c + a + n = can. Three sounds in can.”).
    • c + a + n
    • c + a + t
    • r + a + t

Write target words from dictation

  • Display a list of the target words. 
  • Ask the children to write a target word from dictation, allowing the children to use the word bank as needed. 

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Can a cat and a rat fit in a can?

I have a can.  
I have a cat and a rat. 
 
Can the rat fit in the can? 
Yes! The rat sat in the can.
The rat can fit.
 
The rat ran out. 
Then the fat cat sat in the can.
The fat cat can fit in the can.
 
Can the rat fit in the can with the cat?
The rat did not get in the can with the cat.
The rat ran away.
The rat did not want to get in the can with the cat.

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