Stay and Play
- Command signs for dogs*
- Fill-in-the-blank cards*
- Kay Learns to Stay and Play target text*
- Play with Kay target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
The children will teach a dog how to play and stay and will read and write words that end with -ay, such as say, day, may, and sway.
Stay and play
- Explain to the children that they will teach a dog some tricks.
- Engage the children in reading the Kay Learns to Stay and Play target text (found below).
- Have the children read and make the hand signs for the commands to be given to Kay (e.g., “Stay,” “Jump this way,” “Play dead,” and “Say ‘woof!’”).
- Let the children take turns reading the commands in the text and making a dog act out the commands.
Complete “May I . . .” questions using target words
- Explain that using “May I” is a polite way to ask if you can do something.
- Display an incomplete “May I” question on the board (i.e., “May I ___ today?”).
- Invite a child to choose a word or phrase (found below) to insert in the fill-in-the-blank question such as “May I ____(play)?”
- Respond to the children's requests with “Yes, you may.” or “No, today you may not.”
Read target words in texts
- Read the Play with Kay target text (found below) to the children and emphasize the -ay ending.
- Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
- Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ay.
Write about the activity using target words
- Display a list of -ay words (e.g., play, stay, day, way, today, lay, Kay, sway, stay, away).
- Have the children use the list to write two or three sentences about teaching Kay, the dog (e.g., “Kay likes to play. Kay doesn’t like to stay.”).
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Stay and Play