Straight Streets


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • street
  • straight
  • strips
  • streamers
  • strings


  • Straight strips of paper
  • Paper/cloth streamers
  • String and straws
  • Strut and Stride Down the Street target text and sentence strips 

Tell the children they will make straight streets while practicing reading and writing words that begin with /str/.

Literacy Activities
Comment that in the words street and straight the letters s, t, and r combine to make /str/.

Make different kinds of streets

  • Let the children use straight strips of paper and line them up to make a straight street (strips of paper placed parallel with an area between to be the street).
  • Have the children make other straight streets using string or straws.
  • Let the children place down streamers (made of cloth or paper) in curvy lines to make a street that is not straight.
  • Make a street with stripes by placing strips of paper (or by drawing lines with chalk) in the street to connect the parallel lines.
  • Let the children strew strips, streamers, or string all over the streets. Comment on how they wouldn’t really strew streamers or strips of paper or string all over a real street.
  • Have the children make signs to label each type of street: straight, not straight, striped, strewn with strings and straws.

Act out various /str/ activities on the street

  • Let the children choose a sentence strip. Then have them read the sentence and act out the action on the different kinds of streets they made:
    • Stand in a straight line then stroll down a straight street.
    • Strut down a street that is not straight.
    • Strew strings and straws while striding down the street.
    • Stop and stretch on a street with stripes.

More Practice
Read target words in texts:

  • Engage the children in reading the target text Strut and Stride Down the Street together with the group.
  • Have the children make a list of the words that begin with /str/.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children reenact the activity as they read by pretending there is a street on their desk and using their fingers to strut and stroll along the street.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: street, stripes, strips, strings, straws, stroll, and strut. Let them write about what they can do with different kinds of streets (e.g., I can strut down a straight street. I can make a street with stripes. I can stroll down a street that is not straight. I can strew straws and strings down a street.)

SEEL Target Texts

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Strut and Stride Down the Street

Look! A straight street!
Let’s strut down the straight street.
Look! A street that is not straight!
Let’s stroll down the street that is not straight.
Look! A striped street!
Let’s take large steps as we stride down the striped street.
Look! A street that is strewn with strings!
Let’s stream streamers down the street that is strewn with strings.
We can strut, stroll, and stride down a street.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.2.B: Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.