go on a pogo stick


Read and write words with the long o sound.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • no
  • go
  • so
  • pro
  • yo-yo 
  • so-so


  • Picture of a pogo stick*
  • Picture of a yo-yo*
  • Go and No Go sign*

*Items included below.


State and Model the Objective:
Tell the children that they will pretend to play with things that end in long o, such as a pogo stick and a yo-yo.

Literacy Activities:
Go on pogo stick

  • Show a picture of a pogo stick (found below) and ask, “Can you make a pogo stick go?”
  • Tell the children that they will pretend to play on a pogo stick.
  • Explain that when you show the Go sign (found below), the children will bounce up and down, and if you show the No Go sign (found below), they will stand still.

Pretend to be a pro or just so-so at using a pogo stick

  • Have the children write pro and so-so on different sides of a paper.
  • Let the children hold up the word pro and then pretend to be pros at using a pogo stick by bouncing quickly.
  • Have the children hold up the sign that says so-so by bouncing slowly on the pretend pogo stick.

More Practice:
Make a pretend yo-yo go

  • Tell the children to pretend to make a yo-yo go up and down by saying
    • “Can you make a yo-yo go?”
    • “I’ll tell you when to go.”
    • “Go! Make the yo-yo go.”
    • “Stop! Do not make the yo-yo go.”
    • “Can you yo-yo like a pro or just so-so?
  • Have the children write words to dictation (e.g., no, go, so, yo-yo, so-so, pro).  
  • Let the children write about making a yo-yo go and a pogo stick go—both so-so and as a pro.




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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)