a twig and a stick

Target text


The children will compare twigs and sticks and will read a text that highlights short vowel words.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • Twigs
  • 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.


  • pig
  • can
  • big
  • but
  • twig
  • pick
  • stick

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.

Literacy Activities
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

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A Stick and a Twig

stick graphic
Pick up a stick.
Pick up a twig.
Is a twig a stick?
Is a stick a twig?
A twig is a stick.
But a twig is a stick that is not big.
A twig can not be big.
A stick is like a twig.
But a stick is big.
A stick is thick.
A stick is bigger than a twig.

A Pig Can Eat a Twig

stick graphic
A pig eats lots of things.
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!


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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/.)