Quails Go Quickly


Read and write words beginning with the digraph qu-.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • quail
  • quick
  • quiet
  • quit


  • Quail covey graphic (see below)
  • Quail headbands (made prior to activity)
  • Feather graphic (or real feathers) to attach to quail headbands
  • Qu and non-qu word cards – spread around room and taped on wall
  • Quails Go Quickly target text
  • Quails Coo target text

State and model the objective
Tell the children that today they will pretend to be a group of quail as they read and write words beginning in qu.

Practice the skill with an activity

Covey of quail

  • Tell the children that a group of quail is called a "covey".
  • Explain to the children that when quail are young, they follow their parents around and do everything their parents do.
  • Tell the children that you will be the parent quail. Give each child a headband. Have the children follow you around the room as you gather word cards. Each time you pick up a qu word card, have the class say the word with you.
    • Note: This activity will be a variation of the game Simon Says.
  • Lift up one of the word cards. Have one of the children read the card (give assistance if necessary) or read the card together as a group.
  • Have the children act out the action if it is a qu word. If the word does not begin with qu, the children should stand still and not move.
  • End the game by saying, “Quails quit!”
  • If desired, repeat activity, and have the children take turns leading the group as the parent quail.

Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity

  • Have the children read and underline the qu in the Quails Go Quickly target text and Quails Coo text.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Review and make a list of the action words that begin with the /kw/ sound from the game.
  • Have the children write and illustrate a book about quail, including some of the /kw/ things they did.

SEEL Target Texts

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Quails Go Quickly

Quails go quickly.
Quails move quietly.
Quails run quickly and quietly.
Mother quail quits running.
Baby quails quit too.
Quails, it’s time to quit.
Quit, quails!

Quails Coo

Quails coo.
Quails don’t quack, they coo.
Quails coo quietly.
Mother quails quits cooing.
Baby quails quit too.
Quails, it’s time to quit.
Quit, quails!



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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.