Join and Enjoy the Game

Join and Enjoy the Game
Target text


Read and write words that contain the -oi and -oy vowel combinations; recognize both spellings as having the same pronunciation. 

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • toy
  • coin
  • join
  • enjoy
  • annoy
  • avoid
  • choice


  • A coin 
  • Game signs 
  • String
  • Word cards 
  • Toy graphics 
  • A Coin to Join an Enjoyable Game target text 

State and Model the Objective
The children will join a game with a coin and then read and write words that have the -oi and -oy vowel pattern such as coin, join, enjoy, and annoy.

Literacy Activities
Make a choice 

  • Write choice on the board and point out that the word choice has the -oi vowel pattern.
  • Explain that the -ce spelling at the end of choice makes the /s/ sound.
  • Set up the materials and sign for each game (Coil a String, Toss a Coin, and Flip a Coin) in different areas of the room.
  • Explain that the children will pay a coin to join one game: Coil a String, Toss a Coin, and Flip a Coin.
  • Show the children the three games and have them read the signs for each game.
  • Tell the children to make a choice about which game to join with their coin.
  • Have the children give you a coin to join a game, and tell them to enjoy their choice.

Coil a String

  • Have the children coil different sizes of strings and time how long it takes them to coil the different-sized pieces.
  • Show the children how to use the pieces of string to form the letters in the vowel combinations -oi and   -oy.
  • Allow the children to try.

Toss a Coin

  • Cut out the word cards and spread them out on the floor or leave the word cards in the grid. 
  • Invite a child to toss a coin onto a word. 
  • Have the class read the word or the word that is closest to the coin.
  • Repeat to allow other children to participate. 

Flip a Coin for a Toy

  • Set out two small toys (or toy graphics) and label them Toy 1 and Toy 2.
  • Show the children the two sides of the coin and explain that one side is called heads and the other is called tails.
  • Explain that they will flip the coin in order to see which toy they’ll hold.
  • Have the children flip the coin and find the toy that matches the coin’s side.
  • Repeat the game with other toys (optional).

More Practice
Sort words into categories by their spelling

  • Mix the word cards up.
  • Have the children sort the words into categories according to the -oi and -oy spellings.
  • Invite the children to read the words from both categories.
  • Emphasize that the two different spellings are pronounced the same in all of the words.

Read target words in texts 

  • Read the A Coin to Join an Enjoyable Game target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
  • Ask the children to listen for -oi and -oy words as you read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children make a list of the words with the -oi and -oy vowel patterns in the text.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Instruct the children to write about what they did in the activities 
  • Have them include choice, coin, coil, join, toy, enjoy, boy.
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SEEL Target Texts

A Coin to Join an Enjoyable Game

Make a choice to play an enjoyable game.
Pay a coin to join the game.
Toss a coin on words like joy and join.
Flip a coin to make the hard choice of which toy to get. 
Coil a rope as fast as you can.
Oh boy! Enjoy the game that you got to join with a coin!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.