Not a Nut
Target text


Read and write words that contrast in the short vowel.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • nut
  • net
  • not


  • Nuts (be careful of potential nut allergies)
  • Nets (from orange or onion packaging)
  • Not a Nut text*
  • Word-building cards*
  • Picture of nuts*

*Items included below

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will play with nuts and nets as they read and write words with different short vowels.

Literacy Activities
Explore nuts and nets

  • Engage the children in reading the Not a Nut text, fading support.
  • Show the children the nut and the net. Hold up the nut and ask, “Is this a net?” Hold up the net and ask, “Is this a nut?” State that the 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.
  • Comment that a net can not go in a nut.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Let the children label the nut and the net.
  • Have the children write 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:
    • netnut→ not


SEEL Target Texts

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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.