Short A Needs a Nap
- Household items or percussion instruments that make noise
- Short-a Needs a Nap! text*
- Short-a, Take a Nap! text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell children they will read about things that short-a can do, then act them out.
Read Short A, Take a Nap! text together
- Read Short A, Take a Nap! with the children and fade support.
- Ask the children to make noises to go with the words in the text (e.g., tap, clap, snap, crash, smash, splash, chat, rat-a-tat-tat, wham, crack, whack)
- Re-read the text, having children substitute actions or sounds for some of the words.
- Pretend to take a nap at the end.
Make noise with short-a words
- Have the children read displayed words from the text: whack, tap, clap, slam, wham, crack, snap.
- Have the children use objects or instruments to create the sounds.
- Let all noise-making items “take a nap” as they are put away.
Read Short A Needs a Nap! text together
- Read Short A Needs a Nap! with the children and fade support.
- Have the children tell you some words they heard that have the short-a sound.
- Brainstorm with the children other words with the short-a sound (e.g., pan, sand, candy, sad, dad).
Create words with the short-a sound
- Say the beginning, middle, and end sounds of a short-a word (c-a-n, r-a-n, c-a-t, ch-a-t, s-l-a-m). Have the children blend the sounds into words (e.g., c-a-n = can, s-l-a-m = slam).
- Say words and help the children segment them into their sounds (e.g., can = c-a-n).
- Have the children change either the beginning or the end sound to make a new word (e.g., “Change the /k/ in can to /m/. What’s the new word?”)
SEEL Target Texts
Short A, Take a Nap!
Short a makes a lot of noisy sounds!
I can hear short a in tap, clap, rap, slap, snap, yap, and zap.
Short a is in bash, crash, slash, mash, smash, and splash.
Do you hear short a in chat? Splat? And rat-a-tat-tat?
Short a makes things go slam and wham!
Short a is in smack and crack and whack.
Short a, you are too noisy!
Go take a nap!
Short a Needs a Nap!
Short a is a busy sound.
I can find short a in can and ran and man.
I can hear short a when a cat and a rat nap on a mat.
The short a sat for a chat.
Do you hear short a in slam and wham?
The short a is in my back-pack when I get a snack.
Short a is so busy, it needs a nap!
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Short A Needs a Nap