On the Dock


Read and write words ending with the -ck digraph.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • snack
  • sack
  • dock
  • rock
  • stick
  • quick


  • Snacks (e.g., cheese sticks, pretzel sticks, sticks of candy) or pictures of snacks (see below)
  • Lunch sacks
  • Large towel for pretend dock
  • Rocks and sticks or pictures of rocks and sticks (see below)
  • Dock and sunblock graphics (see below)
  • Word cards (see below)
  • Index cards or small pieces of paper
  • On the Dock target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will pretend to eat snacks on a dock and read and write words ending with –ck, such as snack, sack, dock, rock, stick, and quick.

Practice the skill within an activity.

Rocks, sticks, and snacks on the dock

  • Write the words dock, rock and stick on the board, point out the -ck, and explain that c and k written together make the /k/ sound. 
  • Lay a large towel on the floor as a pretend dock and put rocks, sticks, and sunblock on it (use real objects or see graphics below).
  • Invite the children sit on the "dock" and toss rocks and sticks into pretend water.
  • Say, “Quick! Get the sunblock!” and have the children to pretend to put on sunblock.
  • Have the children pack real or pretend snacks (see below) in a paper sack.
  • Let the children sit on the "dock" and eat the snacks from the sack.
  • Help the children label the graphics dock, rock, stick, sunblock, and snack, and underline the -ck at the end of each word.

Words in a sack

  • Label three paper sacks –ick, –ack, and –ock.
  • Have the children take turns reading a word card (see below) then have them put the card in the sack with the matching word ending.
  • Give the children paper sacks and index cards or small pieces of paper.
  • Let the children use a -ck wordlist to write words like snack, sack, dock, rock, stick, and quick on index cards or paper and put them in their sacks.
  • Ask the children to trade sacks then have them sit on the pretend dock and read the words on the cards in the sack to a partner.

Apply the skill

Read target words in a text

  • Read the On the Dock target text to the children. 
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
  • Read the text together again fading support. 
  • Have the children list the words from the text spelled with -ck.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Have the children use the -ck wordlist they created and help them write a sentence or two expressing ideas from the lesson (e.g., I like to eat my snack on the dock).

SEEL Target Texts

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On the Dock

There once was a boy named Jack.
He wanted to have a snack.
He put on sunblock
And went to the dock,
And ate the snack in his sack.
There once was a boy named Rick.
Who liked to carry a stick.
He went to the dock
And sat on a rock
And threw in his stick; he’s quick.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.A: Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.