Backpack Race

Backpack Race
Target text


Read and write words ending with the -ck digraph.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • black
  • clock
  • sock
  • stick
  • duck


  • Black Backpack – 1 for each team
  • Box – 1 for each team
  • –ck items (e.g., snacks, tracks, rocks, socks); if unavailable, pictures of –ck items (see below) – 1 set for each team

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will race to a black backpack and read and write words ending in -ck.

Practice the skill with an activity

Black backpack

  • Write the words black, back, and pack on the board, point out the -ck ending, and explain that when c and k are written together they  make the /k/ sound.
  • Split the children into an even number of teams.
  • In a relay race type of activity, have the children pick -ck items out of a box of assorted items.
  • The child will say the name of the item, then run and put it into a black backpack before going back and tagging the next child in line.
  • The next child in line will repeat the actions of the previous child, picking a new -ck word from the box.
  • Repeat steps until all -ck items are in the backpacks.

Apply the skill

Read target words in a text

  • Pull each –ck item from the black backpack and write its name for the children to see.
  • Read the name of each item together with the children.
  • Emphasize the –ck ending of each word and the /k/ sound that it makes.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have the children write the list of –ck items on their paper and underline the –ck ending in each word.
  • Invite the children to use the -ck words to fill the prompt, "I found ____ in the black backpack."
  • Have the children write the sentence using another child's name and what that child pulled out of the backpack.
  • Repeat with one more child's name and another -ck word.


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words ending in -ck.


  • Backpack
  • Black crayon or marker

Activity: Pack the Backpack

  • With your child, look around your house for things that end in -ck (i.e., sack, rock, clock, duck, truck, stick) and pack them in a backpack. 
  • When the backpack is full, take turns pulling an item out of the backpack, identifying it, and writing the word on a piece of paper with a black crayon or marker (support as needed).
  • Point out that the two letters c and k  make the /k/ sound when they are together.
  • Use the list you made as a checklist and check off the words as you repack the items into the backpack.
  • Have fun being silly by trying to walk backwards or like a duck as you take the items back and put them away.


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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.