straight streets

Straight Streets

Straight Streets
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

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 

State and Model the Objective
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.)
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SEEL Target Texts

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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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.