- Pictures of a road* or strips of paper to make a road
- Picture of a goat*
- Pictures of oa words to be a load*
- Word-building cards*
- A Goat with a Load target text*
- A Goat Moaned and Groaned target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will help a goat carry a load along a road and will read and write words with -oa, such as toad, road, moan, groan, cloak, coat, soap, boat, and goat.
Help a goat with a load
- Place the goat picture on the road picture (both found below) or on a road made from strips of paper.
- State that the goat roams along a road and loads up with things it finds on the road.
- Let the children load up the goat with the coat, boat, cloak, and soap pictures (found below).
- Pretend to have the goat . . .
- moan and groan about the load.
- get rid of the load.
- boast about how the load was actually easy.
- After the goat gets rid of its load, it . . .
- hangs up a coat and cloak.
- soaks in a bath with soap.
- floats his boat on soapy foam.
- snacks on oats and toast.
Write words from dictation
- Have the children write words from dictation that are spelled with -oa (e.g., goat, oak, moat, oat, coach, goal, coal, toast, float, soak, croak, throat, boat, gloat).
With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants:
- Change the beginning consonant: toad→ road, boat→ goat, boast→ coast, coal→ goal
- Change the ending consonant(s): oaf→ oak, loan→ load, soap→ soak, coat→ coast
Load children up with words
- Have the children write -oa words on strips of paper (e.g., toad, road, boat, goat, boast, coast, loan, soap, soak, coat, groan, moan, foam, cloak, float, croak, coach, toast).
- Let the children read the words to a classmate and load up that friend with the words.
- Let the children pretend that they are carrying a heavy load.
Read target words in texts
- Engage the children in reading the target text A Goat with a Load (found below) as a group.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Repeat the activity with A Goat Moaned and Groaned (found below).
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Let the children write about the goat and see if they can include some of these words: toad, road, moan, groan, cloak, coat, boat, soap, soak, float, croak, boast, load, loan, and foam.
SEEL Target Texts
A Goat Moans and Groans
It carried a coat, a cloak, a boat, and some soap.
The goat moaned and groaned about its load.
It wanted to get home to soak in a foamy soapy bath and float its boat.
Along came a friend who helped the goat to carry the load.
The goat no longer moaned and groaned .
From that day on, the goat boasted about its best friend who helped with the load.
A Goat with a Load
It was roaming down a road.
It carried a heavy load.
I helped that tired goat carry its load.
I carried some of the load.
It was a very happy goat.
A Goat Moans and Groans