The children will compare twigs and sticks and will read a text that highlights short vowel words.
- Sticks from a tree
- Pictures of twigs and sticks
- A Stick and a Twig text*
- A Pig Can Eat a Twig text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will sort twigs and sticks and will read a text with short vowel words such as pick, stick, twig, pig, but, big, not, can, and thick.
Pick up twigs and sticks
- Tell the children that small sticks are called twigs.
- Let the children put twigs and sticks in two different piles.
- Comment as the children sort the sticks and twigs:
- You picked a big stick.
- That is a thick stick, not a twig.
- A twig is a stick that is not big.
- You picked a twig.
- A twig is not big.
- Is this a big twig or a stick?
- Engage the children in shared reading of the text A Twig and a Stick (See below).
Feed twigs to a pig
- Show the children a picture of a pig.
- Tell them the pig can eat a twig, but it cannot eat a stick.
- Let the children choose twigs out of a pile of twigs and sticks.
- Have the children pretend to feed twigs to the pig.
- Comment on what the pig can eat:
- Pigs really do eat twigs.
- That’s a twig.
- The pig can eat that twig.
- Is that a twig or a stick?
- That is big and thick. It’s a stick.
- The pig will get sick if he eats the stick.
- Engage the children in shared reading of the text A Pig Can Eat a Twig (See below).
SEEL Target Texts
A Stick and a Twig
Pick up a twig.
Is a stick a twig?
But a twig is a stick that is not big.
A twig can not be big.
But a stick is big.
A stick is thick.
A stick is bigger than a twig.
A Pig Can Eat a Twig
A pig can eat a twig!
But a pig can not eat a stick.
A stick is too big.
A stick is too thick.
A stick could make the pig sick!
A pig can eat a twig.
But no sticks, pig!
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
A Twig and a Stick