a brisk walk in the crisp air

A Brisk Walk in the Crisp Air

A Brisk Walk in the Crisp Air
Target text


Read, write, and identify words that end in the sk or sp blend.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • task
  • desk
  • brisk
  • risk
  • mask
  • unmask
  • crisp
  • gasp



  • A Brisk Walk in the Crisp Air story (see target text below)
  • Mask
  • Whisk Away Leaves and a Wasp (see target text below)
  • A trail or path (marked off with masking tape or chairs or pieces of paper placed on the floor)

State and model the objective

Tell the children you have a task for them. Their task is to read a list of –sk and –sp words (e.g. task, mask, desk, grasp, clasp) and listen for these word endings in a story.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Stories and Tasks
    • Write the word task on the board. Write the word desk on the board. Have the children brainstorm some tasks that they might have to do with or at a desk. (e.g. build a desk, buy a desk, clean a desk, draw a desk, do school work).
    • Read one or both of the stories below and let all the children act out the story as you read (e.g. engage in the gestures or actions of taking a brisk walk, gasping when they see someone wearing a mask, grasping the arm of a friend, asking the masked person to unmask, and whisking a wasp or bug away).
    • Display the story or stories as you read so the children can read along. Have the children point out words that end with –sk or –sp.


Apply the skill

  • Write the target words
    • Have the children make a list of words that end with –sk and –sp.
    • Have the children write a brief (5-6 sentence) story using the –sk and –sp words from the class list and then share their story.
    • Teach the prefix ‘un’ in the examples of unmask and unclasp and apply it to other words: undo, untie, unarm, unwrap, unclip, unglued, unlock, unpack, etc.
    • Write the word wasp on the board (optional). Explain that the pronunciation of the word ‘wasp’ has to be memorized. It doesn’t have the same vowel sound as the words grasp, ask, mask, bask, or flask.
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SEEL Target Texts

A Brisk Walk in the Crisp Air

I have a task to do.
I whisk off with a friend to do my task.
We want to be back before dusk.
So we take a brisk walk in the crisp air.
If we’re out after dusk, it may be hard to see our way back.
I don’t want to take a risk, so we will be back before dusk.
Then we see a person wearing a mask.
I startle and gasp.
I grasp and clasp my friend’s arm.
“Who are you?” I ask the person in the mask.
When I ask, he takes off the mask.
Phew! It’s a friend who wanted to make me laugh.
I laugh, let go of my grasp, and unclasp my friend’s arm.
We continue our brisk walk, carry out our task, and get home before dusk.

Whisk Away Leaves and a Wasp

I have a task to do.
I need to whisk away leaves from a path.
I don’t want to risk being done after dusk.
So I briskly whisk along doing my task in the crisp air.
As I briskly whisk along, I feel something land on my arm.
I startle and gasp.
I grasp and clasp my arm.
I look down and see a wasp.
I whisk the wasp away and unclasp my arm.
Then I go back to my task.
And I get done before dusk.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.