Tick Tock Clock


Read and write words ending in the -ck digraph.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • tock
  • clock
  • sock
  • rock
  • tick
  • stick
  • brick


  • Kitchen timer, metronome, or clock picture
  • Craft or rhythm sticks
  • Real sticks, bricks, socks, rocks or graphics (see below)
  • Sacks
  • Blocks to stack
  • Tick Tock Chant target text (see below)
  • Pack the Sack Chant target text (see below)
  • Tick Tock by David K. Williams (2001, published by Harcourt, Inc.) (optional)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will pick up sticks and pack a sack while they read and write words ending in -ck, such as tick, tock, stick, brick, sock, and rock.

Practice the skill within an activity

Pick up sticks while a clock ticks

  • Read the book Tick Tock by David K. Williams (optional).
  • Write tick-tock on the board, point out the -ck in each word, and explain that when c and k are next to each other in a word they make a /k/ sound.
  • Pass a clock or timer around that has an audible ticking sound so the children can listen to it.
  • Invite the children to make a tick-tock sound by clicking sticks together or saying “tick-tock” to a steady beat.
  • Introduce the Tick Tock Chant target text (see below) and read it a few times with the children.
  • Spread out objects or graphics that end in -ck (i.e., sticks, bricks, socks, rocks) for the children to pick up.
  • Have some of the children make a tick-tock sound while the other children say the Tick Tock Chant as they pick up the -ck  items
  • Switch roles and repeat the activity.
  • Have the children identify the items and help you list the items on the board.
  • Invite a few children to underline the -ck in the words, reinforcing that -ck  makes the sound /k/.

Pack in a sack

  • Make a checklist on the board that says rock, sock, brick, and stick, point out the -ck in the words and ask the children what sound c and k make together.
  • Show the children pictures of rocks, socks, bricks, and sticks (see below), or use real objects.
  • Tell the children that it is time to pack the bricks, sticks, rocks, and socks in a sack, then give them a sack to pack.
  • Set a timer for a minute or two then tell the children to pack their sack.
  • Say the Pack a Sack Chant (see below) while the children pack up the items.
  • Look in the sack to see which items are packed and check them off of the list on the board.

Stack and knock over blocks

  • Put wooden blocks in a sack and dump them out in front of the children. 
  • Tell the children to stack the blocks.
  • Knock down the stacks.
  • Pick up the blocks and pack them back in a sack.

Apply the skill

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With letters placed on cards or blocks, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or any of the consonants:
    • tick --> tock, stick --> stack, pack --> sack, rock --> sock, clock --> click, knock -->block, brick-->lick, lock-->lack

Read target words/patterns introduced in texts (see below)

  • Engage the children in reading the chants
  • Read the target text Tick Tock or Pack the Sack together as a class
  • Read the text again, fading support
  • Have the children underline the -ck in words in the text.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and have them write words from dictation: tick, tock, sock, rock, lock, brick, stick, click, block, knock, sack, pack.
  • Give each child a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word: tick, tock, sock, knock, rock, clock, click, quick, stick, pick, pack, sack, back, black.

Use Interactive Writing to Create Texts

  • Tell the children they will help write about what they experienced
  • Get the children started in recalling the event by writing the title of the text or a beginning line about the experience on the board
  • Periodically give the children question and/or sentence completion prompts to evoke ideas and let the children participate in writing the text (share the pen)
    • Some possible questions or sentence completion prompts include:
      • “The clock goes…” (tick tock)
      • “I like to stack…” (blocks)
      • “Today we packed…” (socks, rocks, locks, bricks, sticks)

SEEL Target Texts

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Pack the Sack Chant

Pack the sack with bricks.
Pack the sack with rocks.
Pack the sack with sticks.
Pack the sack with socks.
Check the sack to see if it’s packed.
Does it have bricks, sticks, socks and rocks?

Tick Tock Goes the Clock

Tick, tick, tick
The clock ticks on.
Tick, tock, tick tock.
The clock ticks on.
Tick tock, tick tock, tick, tock -- tick
What a mess!
Blocks and socks.
Sticks and bricks.
Rocks and locks.
Quick, quick,
Pick up the mess.



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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.