Quails Go Quickly

Quails Go Quickly
Target text


Read and write words beginning with the digraph qu- that makes the /kw/ sound.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • quit
  • quail
  • quick
  • quiet


  • Picture of a quail covey*
  • Written command strips*
  • Quails Go Quickly target text*
  • Quails Coo target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will pretend to be quails and will read and write words beginning in qu, such as quail, quick, quiet, and quit.

Literacy Activities
Read words with qu-

  • List qu- words for the children to see.
  • Point to the qu in the words one at a time.
  • Have the children read the qu- as /kw/ while you read the rest of the qu- words.

Covey of quail

  • Tell the children that the letters qu make the /kw/ sound.
  • Explain that when quails are young, they do what their parents do. 
  • Tell the children that you will be the parent quail. 
  • Display the written command strips (found below). 
  • Each time you read a sentence, have the children read it after you.
  • Have the children act out the commands on the strips.
  • Read “Quit being quails” as the last command.

More Practice
Read target words and patterns introduced in the activity

  • Read the Quails Go Quickly and Quails Coo target texts (both found below) to the children.
  • Have the children read and underline the qu- in the texts.

Write about the activity 

  • Make a list of action words that begin with qu (e.g., quail, quick, quickly, quiet, quit, quick, quack, quietly, quake, quench, quiver, queen, quell, quart, quality, quarrel, quiz, quest, quest).
  • Have the children write about quails and include other qu- words.
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SEEL Target Texts

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 quail quits cooing.
Baby quails quit too.
Quails, it’s time to quit.
Quit, quails! Quit cooing.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.