explore the shore

Explore the Shore

Explore the Shore
Target text


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling -ore.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • more
  • core
  • bore
  • shore
  • store
  • before
  • explore


  • Picture of a busy shore*
  • Picture of an empty shore* 
  • Seashell word cards* 
  • Explore the Shore! target text* 
  • A Chore to Clean Up the Shore target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will explore the shore and then read and write words with -ore ,such as more, shore, and store.
Literacy Activities
Draw and write shore 

  • Show the children the picture of the shore.
  • Explain that a shore is the land or beach that is close to an ocean or lake.
  • Have the children draw a shore and then write the word shore on their drawing. 

Explore a shore

  • Show the picture of the busy shore (found below) to the children and have them identify things on the shore.
    • Shells
    • Stores
    • Apple cores
    • Beach umbrellas
    • Beach chairs
    • Kites that soar
  • Emphasize the items that have the -ore ending.

Do a chore on the shore

  • Write -ore on pieces of paper and scatter them along the picture of the empty shore (found below).
  • Comment on how the shore is an eyesore (messy with litter). 
  • Have the children pick up the papers on the shore while using -ore words in phrases such as, “Do a chore on the shore. Clean up the shore. Restore the shore.” 

Explore the shore and find -ore words 

  • Set out the seashell word cards (found below) along a pretend shore. 
  • Have the children explore the shore and find seashells with -ore words.
  • Let the children read the words they find along the shore.

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Read the Explore the Shore target text (found below) to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you. 
  • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ore.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the target text A Chore to Clean Up the Shore (found below).

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Let the children write words as you say them (e.g., shore, store, more, explore, core, tore, bore, wore, core.)
  • Have the children write about exploring the shore and engaging in a chore to clean up the shore (e.g., “I saw a shore.” “I saw a store at the shore.”).
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SEEL Target Texts

Explore the Shore!

I see the shore.
I can explore the shore.
Is there more at the shore?
I see a store at the shore!
I can explore the store.
Is there more at the shore?
I see an apple core on the shore.
I can throw away the apple core.
It's fun to explore the shore!

A Chore to Clean Up the Shore

We love to explore the shore.
But sometimes we see trash all over the shore.
There are papers onshore.
More papers float offshore and wash ashore. 
What an eyesore!
Before we explore the shore, we need to do a chore.
We need to clean up the shore!
We can’t ignore the chore to clean up the shore.
When we all help, it’s not such a big chore to clean up the shore.
Then we can all go explore the shore!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.