Quilt for a Queen

Quilt for a Queen
Target text


Read and write words beginning in the qu digraph.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • quit
  • quilt
  • queen
  • quest
  • quail
  • quack
  • question


  • A Quilt for a Queen target text*
  • 6x6 pieces of paper 

*Item included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they are going to make a quilt for a queen and then read and write words beginning with the letters qu, such as queen, quilt, quit, quack, question, quest, and quiver.

Literacy Activities
Associate qu with /kw/

  • Teach the children that qu makes the /kw/ sounds.  
  • Make a list of words that begin with qu (e.g., quit, quick, quilt, queen, quarrel, quest, quiet, quiz, quirky, quiet, quash, quest, quack, quail, quake). 
  • Have the children Identify the qu in the words and produce the /kw/ sounds.
  • Sing this little tune:
    • I know a word that has qu: quilt!
    • Q-u, Q-u, /kw/.
    • I know a word with qu: quit!
    • Q-u, q-u, /kw/.
    • (Continue with quiet, quick, quest, quack, quail, etc.)

Read about a queen who needs a quilt

  • Read the target text A Quilt for a Queen (found below) to the children and then with the children.

More Practice
Make a quilt

  • Give each child a small piece of paper to be a quilt square.
  • Have the children write a qu word on the quilt square with the word list available.
  • Have the children tape their quilt squares side by side on either the floor or board to make a quilt.
  • Read each qu word with the children as you make the quilt.

Write about the activity using target words 

  • Instruct the children to write about the quilt by finishing the sentence “We gave the quivering queen a quilt that has the word ____.”
  • Have the children underline each qu.

SEEL Target Texts

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A Quilt for a Queen

Quick! The queen is quivering. 
She is shivering and quaking.
She needs a quilt.
We are on a quest to find a quilter to quilt a quilt for the queen. 
I have a question. 
How do we make a quilt?
Do you know of a quilter who can quilt?
Can the quilter quilt a quilt quickly?
We need a quitter who can make quality quilts quickly.
We need a quilter who will not quit until the queen has a quilt and has quit quivering and quaking.
We found a quilter who can quilt quickly!
And now the queen has her quilt.
It is quite a quilt!
It is a quality quilt.
The queen is not shivering or quivering now.
Shh. Be quiet. Let the queen rest. 


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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.