a box for fox
Read and write words ending in
-cks and -x and associate cks and x with the sounds /ks/.
- A few small boxes
- Word-building cards*
- Pack Snacks and Socks in a Box target text*
- The book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (HarperCollins, 2006) (optional)
*Items found below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will turn a box into a place for socks and then read and write words ending in -x and -cks, such as box, fox, blocks, rocks, socks, locks, and clocks.
Play a game with Mrs. Fox
- Display the words socks, clocks, rocks, locks, box, and blocks.
- Ask the children questions and let them choose a word to answer the question.
- What can Mrs. Fox wear on her feet? Socks.
- What can Mrs. Fox use to tell time? Clocks.
- What can Mrs. Fox find on the ground? Rocks.
- What can Mrs. Fox use to build a tower? Blocks.
- What can Mrs. Fox put on her doors? Locks.
- What can Mrs. Fox use to store socks, blocks, or rocks? A box.
- Ask the children to write the words socks, clocks, rocks, blocks, locks, and box.
- Have the children count the sounds and letters in the words displayed.
Turn a box into a place for socks
- Read the book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (optional).
- Let the children imagine that a box can be multiple things.
- Say, “A box can be a ____ _____,” and hold up signs for the children to read.
- place for socks
- door with locks
- cave for a fox
- block to stack with other blocks
- wall for clocks
- lunch box
- Count the sounds and letters in the words box, locks, fox, blocks, rocks, clocks, and socks.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
With word-building cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
- Change the beginning consonant(s): fox→ box, clocks→ blocks, rocks→ socks
- Change the ending: fox→ fog, box→ bop, blocks→ blots, socks→ sobs, box→ blocks, six→ sticks, fix→ flicks, sax→ sacks, lax→ lacks
- Change the vowels: fox→ fix, socks→ sacks, clocks→ clucks
Read target words in texts
- Engage the children in reading the target text Pack Snacks and Socks in a Box (see below) together.
- Read the target text again, fading support.
- Have the children make a list of the -x and -cks words in the text.
Write about the activity using target words
- Let the children write words from dictation that end in -x (e.g., fox, box, fix, six, sax, lax).
- Have children write words from dictation that end in cks (e.g., socks, blocks, clocks, rocks, docks, sticks, flicks, sacks, lacks, clucks, locks).
- Engage the children in writing about a fox or a box and ask them to use some of the -x and -cks words.
SEEL Target Texts
Pack Snacks and Socks in a Box
A box can be a cave for a fox.
A box can keep rocks.
A box can hold blocks.
A box can be a place for clocks and locks.
A box can be a block to stack with other blocks.
A box can be used to pack snacks.
A sack can be used to pack a box.
A sack and a box can be used to keep a lot of things.
A Box for Fox