tricky train trip
Read, write, and identify words beginning with the /tr/ blend.
- Chairs (set up in two columns) – 1 per child
- Treats (e.g., cookies, candy) – 1 per child
- Trees (made out of green and brown butcher paper)
- Shoeboxes or equivalent cardboard box – 1 per child
- Train Trip target text
- Train Trip song target text
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that today they are going to take a train trip as they listen for words that begin with /tr/.
- Tell the children that before they go on the train trip, they'll need to pack their trunks.
- Give each child one of the shoeboxes and have them pack a few things into the box, which will act as their trunk.
- Lead the children over to the chairs and have each child sit in one of the chairs, putting their “trunk” under their seats.
- Write the Train Trip song for the children to see, and chant the song together, emphasizing and pointing to words that begin with /tr/.
Read target words
- Read the Train Trip text together.
- Call on a few children to underline the words in the text containing the /tr/ blend.
Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Give the children the following prompt: “On the train trip, I saw…”
- Write a list of /tr/ words on the board.
- Using the words, have the children write 2-3 more sentences to finish the prompt (example words include tree, treat, tray, trunk, etc.)
SEEL Target Texts
Train Trip Song
Past a trio of trees!
Pack our trunks!
Get a tray of treats!
Not a true train trip!
Travel on the train!
We pack our trunks
and get on the train.
We try some treats from a tray
and pass a trio of trees.
Train travel is fun!
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B: Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
Tricky Train Trip