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Target text
A Box for Fox

Objective

Read and write words ending in
-cks and -x and associate cks and x with the sounds /ks/

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • box
  • fox
  • socks
  • rocks
  • blocks
  • clocks

Materials:

  • A few small boxes
  • Word-building cards*
  • Signs*
  • 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.

Literacy Activities
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.

More Practice
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): foxbox, clocksblocks, rockssocks
  • Change the ending: foxfog, boxbop, blocksblots, sockssobs, boxblocks, sixsticks, fixflicks, saxsacks, laxlacks
  • Change the vowels: foxfix, sockssacks, clocksclucks
     

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

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Pack Snacks and Socks in a Box

A box can be a place for socks.
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.

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Standards

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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.

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