- Picture of a lawn mower*
- Grass template*
- Paper leaves or leaf word cards*
- Things that Grow target text*
- Blow-dryer (optional)
- Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel (optional)
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will pretend to mow grass and blow leaves and then read and write long o words spelled with -ow, such as mow, low, blow, and slow.
Mow the lawn
- Give the children the grass template (found below) and have them write -ow words on it, such as mow, low, blow, slow, row, and grow.
- Make the grass stand up by following the directions on the template.
- Tape the bottom of the grass to a table or floor.
- Tell the children to grow grass by unfolding the top layer of the grass.
- Let the children pretend to mow the grass by cutting the paper grass (see below) with scissors.
- Have the children make and write -ow words on paper leaves such as blow, row, mow, grow, slow, throw, and low or use the leaf word cards (found below).
- Read the story Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel (optional).
- Have the children read the words on the leaves.
- Scatter the leaves on the ground.
- Have the children try to blow the leaves into a pile with or without using a blow-dryer.
- Tell the children to “Blow slowly!”
Read target words in texts
- Engage the children in reading the text Things that Grow (found below).
- Read the text again, fading support.
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Help the children make a list of the words with -ow (e.g., grow, low, mow, slow, blow, row, throw).
- Have the children read the words on the leaves and then throw the leaves.
- Let the children write about mowing grass and throwing or blowing leaves (e.g., “I can mow the grass. I can help blow the leaves”).
SEEL Target Texts
Grass Grows and Leaves Blow
And the leaves on trees grow too.
Grass is slow to grow.
Leaves on trees are slow to grow.
Grass and leaves are slow to grow.
Grass does not grow in rows.
But grass can be mowed low in rows.
And the leaves fall off the trees.
The leaves can be raked into rows.
The leaves can be blown into rows.
And when the wind blows, the leaves don’t stay in their rows.
Mow Grass and Blow Leaves