Grow Green Grass

Grow Green Grass
Target text


Read, write, and identify words beginning with the /gr/ blend.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • grow
  • green
  • grass
  • grid
  • grab
  • grip


  • Empty egg cartons (cut into thirds) – 1 for each child
  • Grass seeds
  • Green grass that has already grown in little pots or cups
  • Water (preferably in a spray bottle)
  • Dirt (in a bowl)
  • Plastic spoons
  • Old newspapers 
  • Word cards of /gr/ and non-/gr/ blends 
  • Aprons – 1 for each child
  • Green Grass Log – 1 for each child

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that today they're going to grow some green grass as they listen for the /gr/ blend at the beginning of words.

Literacy Activities
Grow green grass

(Note: This doubles as a science experiment.)

  • Show the children the grass seeds and the green grass that is already grown. Say, “Isn’t it great how I got this green grass to grow? It started as grass seeds and now it is green grass!”
  • After each child puts an apron on, give each child one of the empty egg cartons.
  • Each child will use a spoon to put some dirt in each of his or her empty spaces. You may want to point out that the egg cartons make a grid.
  • Have the children grab some grass seeds to put into the dirt. Ask them to grab just a few, not a handful.
  • Instruct the children to press the seeds into the dirt.
  • Give each child a turn to spray water onto his or her seeds.
  • Comment on how the seeds will grow gradually (or a little at a time).
  • Place the egg cartons in a sunny location (such as near a window) or let the children take their cartons home at the end of the day. Have the children observe how their green grass grows.

More Practice
Read target words

  • Lay out the word cards and have the children pick out the words that begin with the /gr/ blend.
  • Read through the /gr/ words together.

Write about the activity

  • Give each child a Green Grass Log.
  • Help the children fill it out each week as they measure how tall their grass has grown.
  • Instruct the children to use complete sentences when filling out the log, and to use as many /gr/ words as possible.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.