- Toy car or a picture of a car*
- Damp cloth
- Word-building cards*
- Will You Toil for Coins? target text*
- Toil to Clean a Toy target text*
*Items included below
State and Model the Objective
The children will toil to clean a toy and then read and write words spelled with -oi and -oy, such as soil, toil, avoid, choice, toy, joy, boy, and annoy.
Toil to clean soiled toys
- Ask the children if they ever played with a toy car in soil (dirt).
- Allow the children to drive a toy car or the picture of a car (found below) in a little bit of real or pretend soil.
- Tell the children that they will have to toil (work hard) or pay someone a coin to clean off the soil.
- Have the children write toil if their choice is to work to clean the car.
- Have the children write coin if their choice is to pay someone else to clean the toy.
- Say, “In the future, avoid getting soil on your toys. It’s annoying to get soil on your toys.”
- Make a list of -oi and -oy words (e.g., coin, soil, toy, avoid, annoy, choice).
- State that -oi and -oy have the same pronunciation but are spelled differently.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
With the word-building cards (found below), have the children make words by changing the beginning, middle, or end sounds:
- Change the beginning consonant: toil→ soil; toy→ joy; coin→ join
- Change the ending sounds: coil→ coin; soil→ soy; join→ joy
Read target words in texts
- Read the Will You Toil for Coins? target text (found below) to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Have the children underline words with -oy and -oi in the text.
- Repeat with the Toil to Clean a Toy target text (found below).
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Have the children help create a T-chart with one column for the -oi words and one for the -oy words.
- Display a word wall with -oi and -oy words and ask children to use some of the words as they create one or two sentences (e.g., “I enjoy my toy. I will toil for a coin.”).
SEEL Target Texts
Toil to Clean a Toy
Will You Toil for Coins?
SEEL At Home
Read and write words with the vowel combination spelled -oy and -oi and recognize that both spellings have the same pronunciation.
- Various toys
- Sponges or washcloths
- Coins (real or pretend)
- Container for coins
Activity: A Coin for a Toy Wash
- Invite your child to run a pretend toy wash (with pretend or real water) to clean people's soiled (dirty) toys.
- Set out a pile of toys, a small container for coins, and sponges/washcloths.
- Invite family members or friends to bring a coin and a toy to the toy wash.
- Take turns being the person who runs the pretend toy wash.
- Make comments like, "Only one coin for a toy wash!" and "What a joy to clean a soiled toy!"
- Ask your child to listen for the /oy/ sound in certain words and help him or her write the words (e.g., boy, toy, joy, toil, soil, oil).
- Take turns pretending that the toys are reading the words on the list, adding silly voices for even more fun!
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Toil to Clean a Toy