Start and Stop

Start and Stop
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • start
  • stop
  • still
  • stone
  • stand


  • Music on a phone or player
  • Start and Stop target text 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that today they are going to play a game called Start and Stop as they listen for words beginning with the letters /st/.

Literacy Activities
Start and Stop

  • Explain to the children that when the music starts, that they can stomp, stamp, and do dance steps. But when the music stops, they must stand still like a stone statue!
  • As a class, make a list of action words that begin with /st/.
  • List the Start and Stop target text on the board for the children to see.
  • Play the music, and perform each line of the Start and Stop chant. Stop the music at the appropriate times during the chant.
  • Emphasize the action word and the spelling of the action word as you perform it.

More Practice
Read target words

  • As a group, make a list of /st/ words that were used in the activity: start, stop, stomp, stamp, step, stand, still, stone, statue, etc.
  • Read through the list together as a class.

Write about the activity

  • Using the word list the group made, have the children write 2-3 sentences about the activity.
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SEEL Target Texts

Start and Stop

Step, step, step.
Stand still.
Stand still like a statue.
Stop standing still, and step, step, step.
Stomp. Stomp.
Stop stomping.
Stop! Stop stamping.
Stand still like a stick.
Stop standing still, and stomp.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.