Get Fit


Read, write, and differentiate among vowel sounds in words that end with –at, –et, –it, and –ot.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sat
  • mat
  • get
  • let
  • fit
  • sit
  • hot


  • Exercise mats for the floor or pretend mats (e.g., towels, fabric, paper)
  • Quit! and Get Fit! signs (see below)
  • Small pieces of paper or sticky notes
  • Word mat (see below)
  • Word cards (see below)
  • Word blending letter cards (see below)
  • Let’s Get Fit text (see below)
  • The Large Family: A Piece of Cake (Walker Books Ltd, 1998) (optional)

State and model the objective
Read the book The Large Family: A Piece of Cake (optional).  Tell the children that they will exercise to get fit and read words that end with –at, –et, –it, and –ot: sat, mat, hat, pat, get, let, set, met, bet, pet, fit, sit, pit, bit, lot, hot, got, pot.

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Get fit
    • Ask the children what exercises they do to get fit.
    • Explain that to get fit means to work to stay healthy.
    • Show the children the signs Get Fit and Quit (see below) and read the signs with them. Alternate holding up the signs Get Fit and Quit to indicate when children should begin and end various exercises (e.g., jumping jacks, running in place, sit-ups).
    • Comment that if the children get hot they need to drink a lot of water. 
    • Have the children set out pretend exercise mats on the floor (e.g., towels, fabric, paper).
    • Help the children write mat on a small piece of paper or sticky note to place on the mat.
    • Allow the children to sit on the exercise mat and stretch. 
  • Sort words
    • Cut out the word cards (see below) and place them in a hat.
    • Have the children choose word cards from the hat and help them read the words on each card.
    • Have the children use the word mat (see below) to sort the word cards by the ending: –at (mat, sat, hat, pat), –et (get, let, met, set), –it (fit, bit, sit, pit), and –ot (hot, lot, got, pot).

Apply the skill

  • Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
    • With word blending cards (see below), help the children make new words by changing the vowel in each word: pit pat  pet pot; sit sat set; hit hot hat; bit bat  bet.
    • For each of the words the children make, have them produce the sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into the word.
  • Read target words in a text (see below)
    • Read the text Let’s Get Fit to the children. 
    • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
    • Read the Let’s Get Fit text again fading support.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give the children whiteboards and have them write words from dictation, changing one letter each time to make a new word: fit  sit  sat  hat  hot  lot  let  get  got  pot  pit  pat.
    • Let the children write a simple sentence using words that end with –at, –et, –it, and –ot.

SEEL Target Texts

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Let’s Get Fit

I want to be fit!
I can’t just sit and get fit. 
I must get up and work at it.
I can sit on a mat and do sit-ups.
I will not quit till I do ten sit ups.
Ten is a lot, but I want to be fit.
I did it! 
It is fun to get fit!    



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