tip and drip

Tip and Drip

Tip and Drip
Target text


Recognize and produce words that end in ip, blend and segment -ip words, and change the sounds in -ip words to make new words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • tip
  • dip
  • clip
  • drip
  • flip
  • slip
  • strip


  • Paint (thinned slightly so it will drip)
  • Bowls or cups
  • Strips of paper or cloth
  • Paper clips or binder clips

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will paint with a clip and that they will play with words that rhyme with tip, such as dip, clip, drip, flip, slip and strip.

Literacy Activities
Dip and drip to paint a picture

  • Clip a strip of paper or cloth to a paper clip.
  • Drip paint into bowls and say, “I tip to drip.”
  • Have the children chant, “Tip, drip, tip, drip.”
  • Let the children follow -ip actions:
    • Grip the clip—tightly hold the paper clip
    • Grip the strip—tightly hold the strip of paper or cloth
    • Dip the clip—dip the clip into the paint while holding the strip
    • Let the clip drip—let paint drip off the clip and onto the paper
    • Let the clip slip and flip—let the clip slip and flip to make designs

Drip paint from strips of paper or cloth

  • Paint by gripping the clip and using strips of paper or cloth.
  • Create a chart with two columns—labeled Clips and Strips.
  • Ask the children what they liked better, painting with clips or strips.
  • Have the children put a check mark in the Clips or Strips column, depending on which they preferred.

Produce and recognize -ip rhyming words

  • List -ip words and point out the -ip endings.
  • Ask the children if two words rhyme.
  • If the words rhyme (e.g., tip and dip), nod and say, "Tip and dip rhyme.” If the words don’t rhyme (e.g., tip and drum), say, “Tip and drum don’t rhyme!”
  • Remind the children of words that rhyme with tip (e.g., dip, drip, clip).
  • Ask the children to think of a word that rhymes with tip (support as needed).

Blend and segment rhyme words

  • Segment familiar rhyme words into initial consonant + ending (e.g., t + ip) and ask, “What did I say?” (support as needed).
  • Segment words into phonemes (e.g., d + i + p) and ask, “What word did I say?”
  • Write a word (e.g., dip) and ask:
    • What sounds do we hear? (e.g., d + i + p)
    • What is the first sound? (e.g., /d/)
    • What is the last (or ending) sound? (e.g., /p/)
    • What is the middle sound (or the vowel)? (e.g., /i/)
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SEEL At Home


Recognize and produce words that rhyme with tip.

  • Paint (thinned slightly so it will drip)

Activity: Drip Paint From Your Fingertips

  • Let your child dip his or her fingertips in the paint to make a picture.
  • Point out words that end in -ip (e.g., tip, clip, grip, flip, slip) as your child paints.
  • Make comments and/or give instructions that use -ip words.
    • Dip your fingertip and let it drip!
    • Can you dip the tip of your finger?
    • Watch your fingertip drip!
    • I can dip the tip of my finger and let it drip.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.