August 1, 2015
by Sharon Schellenberg
Lesson Plan:

Bat Cat Rat! The -at Family!

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Student will be able to read and write words in the -at family.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell the students you are thinking of some mystery words.
  • Invite the students to raise their hands if they can think of the words when you pose the following clues: an animal that says “meow” (cat), an animal that flies at night (bat), a rug to wipe your feet on (mat), an animal that eats cheese (rat), and something you wear on your head (hat).
  • Ask your students to think of some more words that end with the letters -at.
  • Load the first "-at song" link on your interactive whiteboard. Encourage your students to stand and move to the music.
  • Load the second "-at song" link and repeat above.
(10 minutes)
  • Display a sheet of large chart paper where everyone can see.
  • Draw a large outline of a simple house with a triangle top and square bottom.
  • Write -AT in big letters in the top triangle portion of the house.
  • Tell your students that all of the words in this family must end with the letters -at. This makes a word family.
  • On the alphabet chart, point to the letter B.
  • Ask your students what sound the letter makes.
  • Invite your students to blend the B sound with -at.
  • Write the word “bat” in the square portion of the house.
  • Proceed in this way as you progress through the letters of the alphabet.
  • Have your students decide if the words are real or nonsense. For example, when you get to the letter D, the students should be able to tell you that “dat” is not a real word, so it does not belong in the -at family.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out individual boards and markers to each student.
  • Tell your students to write “at” on their boards and hold up their work for you to check.
  • Look for correct letter formation.
  • Tell the students to write “bat” under “at” on their boards. Remind them to show, not tell, what letters to use.
  • Again, tell your students to hold up their work.
  • Proceed in this way with the following words: cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat, and that.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the Meet the -at Family worksheets.
  • Demonstrate how to fill in the letter blank for one of the words.
  • Direct your students to complete the worksheets.
  • Enrichment: Give your students additional worksheets, such as the word searches or the word family book. Have your students compose a short poem using words from the -at family.
  • Support: Give simple clues and encouragement during guided and independent practice. Have your students practice saying the words aloud without writing them down.
(5 minutes)
  • Look for students who are following directions and participating.
  • Observe the students as they work. Your students should be able to write the correct letter to create the word that matches the pictures.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask the students to look at the chart paper house you made during explicit instruction.
  • Invite the class to call out the words at you point to them in random order.

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