Tick Tock, Click Clack
Read and write words ending in the ck digraph.
- Clock that ticks
- Sticks, blocks, and small rocks
- Containers with lids that make clicking sounds (e.g., mint tins, shampoo bottle lids)
- Clock, rock, stick, and block graphics (see below)
- Word blending cards (see below)
- Instrumental music with a strong 4/4 beat (optional)
- Tick Tock, Click Clack target text (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will tick-tock, click and clack and read and write words ending with -ck, such as tick, tock, click, clack, rock, and stick.
Practice the skill within an activity
Click and clack a rock, stick, or block
- Write the words click and clack on the board, point out the ck digraph, and explain that when c and k are together in a word they make the sound /k/.
- Demonstrate how to use the rocks, blocks, sticks, and containers to click and clack to a beat.
- Have each child pick an “instrument” (e.g., rocks, blocks, sticks, or containers that click).
- Play some music and help the children listen for the beat (optional).
- Have the children march around the room as they keep the beat on their instruments.
Tick-tock like a clock
- Write tick-tock clock on the board, ask the children to underline the ck in each word, and have them tell you what sound the c and k make together (/k/).
- Have the children listen to a clock to hear the tick-tock sound (or use the graphic and make a ticking sound).
- Have children make a tick-tock sound by clicking their tongues against the roof of their mouth.
- Show the children pictures of a rock, stick, block, and clock (see graphics below) and have the children label the objects.
- Draw a two-column chart on the board and label one column Tick-tock and the other column Click Clack.
- Ask the children to sort the graphics (Tick-tock: clock; Click Clack: rock, stick, block) and decide which column has the most items in it
- Have the children underline the ck digraph in the words on the chart and on the graphics.
Apply the skill
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
- Change the ending sound: clack --> clap; rock --> rot; lock --> log
- Change the vowel: tick --> tock; sick --> sack; black --> block
- Change the beginning sound: tock --> sock; tick --> lick; lack --> back
Read target words in texts
- Display and read the Tick Tock, Click Clack target text (see below) to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the text again together.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ck.
- Play music and help the children read the text in rhythm with the music (optional).
Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: clock, tick, tock, click, clack, knock, stick, block.
- Have the children use words from their list to write about what they did (e.g. I heard a tick, tock. I made a knock with my block. I made a clock clack with my stick.)
Tick Tock, Click Clack