a toad tries to float

A Toad Tries to Float

A Toad Tries to Float
Target text


Read and write long o words with the oa.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • toad
  • road
  • moan
  • croak
  • soak


  • Strips of paper to be a road or road picture*
  • Pictures of a toad and pond*
  • Word-building cards* 
  • A little water in a bowl
  • A Toad Soaks and Tries to Floats target text*
  • What Floats in Soapy, Foamy Water?*    

*Items included below. 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will let paper toads soak and float and will read and write long o words with oa, such as toad, road, moan, groan, soak, and float.
Literacy Activities
Get a toad off a road

  • Display and read words with oa to the children (e.g., float, soak, goat, road, toad, load, loan, moan, groan).
  • Have the children write the word toad on slips of paper. 
  • Let the children label a picture of a toad (found below) with their slips.
  • Create a road with strips of paper or the picture of the road (found below).
  • Have the children write the word road on slips of paper to label the road.
  • Place a toad by the road and set the picture of the pond (found below) nearby.
  • Have the children moan and groan because the toad is on the road.
  • Help the toad hop off the road.

Let a toad try to soak and float in a pond

  • Explain that toads like being on land or in shallow water.
  • Demonstrate soaking the paper toad to see if it will float.

Try to soak and float words in soapy, foamy water

  • Let the children write oa words on paper and see if the written words will float.
  • Add soap to the water and make the soapy water foamy.
  • Let the children see if written words will float in soapy, foamy water.

Croak like a toad

  • Comment that toads use their throat to croak. 
  • Let the children croak like a toad.
  • Have the children boast about how well they can croak.
  • Allow the children to boast about being able to float or to gloat about being able to make a paper boat float.

More Practice
Build words

  • With the word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning consonant: toad→ road, moan→ groan, boast→ toast
    • Change the ending consonant: oat→ oak, loan→ load, soap→ soak

Read target words

  • Have the children write words on the board to create a word wall (e.g., float, soak, croak, throat, boat, road, oat, moan, groan, roam, foam, load, loan, soap, toast, loaf, goat, coat, coach, boast, gloat, and cloak).
  • Engage the children in reading the target text A Toad Soaks and Tries to Float (found below) as a group.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write about the activity 

  • Using the word wall with oa words, give the children suggestions about what they could write about . . .  
    • A toad that roams along on a road 
    • A toad that croaks and soaks but doesn’t float 
    • Soaking and floating a boat in foam or soap
    • Being able to boast and gloat about . . .
    • A toad that floats in a boat with a goat and load of oats
    • Soak a cloak and a coat in soapy, foamy water
    • How they might moan and groan when they can’t . . . (float in a boat, roam down a road, eat toast and jam, etc.)
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SEEL Target Texts

What Floats in Soapy, Foamy Water?

What happens when words get soaked?
What happens when the word goat gets soaked?
Will the word goat float when it gets soaked?
Will words float in soapy, foamy water?
     Write these words on paper: coat, boat, foam, and          soap.
     Load up the water with soap.
     Make the soapy water foam up.
     Soak the words in the soapy, foamy water.
     Do words soaked in soapy, foamy water float?
     Place a boat in soapy, foamy water.
     Will a boat float in a soapy, foamy water?
     What floats in soapy, foamy water?

A Toad Tries to Float and Gets Soaked

I saw a toad roam along a road.
Toads do not belong on a road.
A toad should be soaking in a pond.
I helped the toad hop off the road and get to the pond.
The toad used its throat to let out a croak.
It seemed happy to be off the road.
The toad soaked in the pond.
And then it tried to float.
But the toad didn’t float. It just got soaked.
A toad should soak and float in the pond and NOT hop on the road.
I can gloat and boast about helping a toad get off the road.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.