go slowly as you mow

Go Slowly As You Mow

Go Slowly As You Mow
Target text


Read and write words with long o spellings -o and -ow.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • go
  • no
  • so
  • row
  • mow
  • grow
  • slowly


  • Picture of growing grass* 
  • Picture of lawn mower*
  • Word cards*
  • Go Slowly As You Mow target text*
    *Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will make grass grow, mow the grass, and read and write words spelled with -o and -ow, such as go, grow, mow, and slowly.
Literacy Activities 
Make grass grow in rows

  • Print the picture of growing grass (see below) and fold and cut where indicated.
  • Tape the folded picture in rows on a table.
  • Have the children pretend to watch the grass grow in rows.
  • Place word cards (see below) in rows among the grass.
  • Have the children go slowly along each row and read the word on each card.

Go slowly as you mow

  • Have the children use the picture of a lawn mower (see below) as they pretend to mow the grass.
  • Exclaim, “Oh no! Go slowly! Be careful to mow the grass in rows.”
  • Have the children write the sentence, “I go slowly as I mow.”

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the text Go Slowly As You Mow (see below).
  • Have the children write a list of the -o and -ow words.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Let the children write words from dictation (e.g., go, no, so, oh, grow, mow, row, low, slowly).
  • Have the children write about mowing grass in rows (e.g., “I can go slowly and mow grass in a row. I can mow grass and cut it so low. I can watch grass grow up in a row.”).
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SEEL Target Texts

Go Slowly As You Mow

Let’s mow.
Oh no! We better go slowly.
We can go slowly and mow grass in rows—row by row.
We will go slowly and mow the grass low.
Then we will stop and wait for the grass to grow.
So once the grass is no longer low, we will get to mow!
We love to go slowly as we mow the grass in rows.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.