A Horse, Of Course

Objective

Read and write words with the r-controlled spelling patterns -or and -our (e.g., horse, course).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • horse
  • course
  • force
  • packhorse
  • racehorse
  • seahorse

Materials:

  • Plastic horses or paper horses
  • Items that a horse can go over, under, or through (books, tables, chairs, empty paper towel rolls, toys, etc.)
  • Word cards (see below) 
  • A Course for a Horse target text (see below)
  • A Horse, Of Course! target text (see below)
  • "Mr. Ed" TV Show Opening Theme Song
    • Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_PZPpWTRTU
    • Lyrics for directed reading: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/mredlyrics.html 

State and model the objective 
Tell the children that they will take a horse on a course and that they will read and write words with the r-controlled spelling patterns -or and -our (e.g., horse, course).

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Make a course for a horse
    • Read A Course for a Horse target text (see below) together with the children.
    • Explain that a course is a track or path where a horse can walk or run.
    • Set up an obstacle course for a toy or paper horse with things to go over, under, or through.
    • Demonstrate how the horse can move through the course.
    • Invite the children to guide a horse through the course.  
    • Warn the children not to force the horse through the course.
  • Is this a horse?
    • Show the children the toy or paper horse.
    • Explain that there are things that have "horse" in their name but are not horses.
    • Read the word cards (see below) to the children one at a time.
    • If the word card is a horse, have the children comment, "Of course it is a horse." If a picture is not a horse, have the children say, "Of course it is not a horse."
    • Have the children sort the -horse words into two lists under the titles "A Horse" (i.e., packhorse, racehorse) and "Not a Horse" (i.e., seahorse, sawhorse). 
  • Tell a story about a horse
    • Tell the children that a long time ago there was a TV show about a horse who talked whose name was Mr. Ed.
    • Show them a YouTube video (see link above) of Mr. Ed's opening song.
    • Read the lyrics to Mr. Ed's theme song (see lyric link above) with the children.
    • Invite the children to underline the words with the r-controlled spelling patterns -or and -our.

Apply the skill (Choose from the activities below)

  • Read target words in texts
    • Engage the children in reading the target text A Course for the Horse (see below) together.
    • Have the children make a list of the words with the r-controlled spelling patterns -or and -our (e.g., horse, course).
    • Read the text again fading support.
    • Repeat with the target text A Horse, Of Course! (see below).
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Using a word wall of words with the r-controlled spelling patterns -or and -our (i.e., horse, course, force, packhorse, racehorse, seahorse, sawhorse), ask the children to write sentences about taking a horse on a course, or about which horses are real or not real.

SEEL Target Texts

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A Horse? Of Course!

A racehorse is a horse, of course:
   a horse, a horse.
A horse, of course!
Of course, a horse!
 
A sawhorse is a not a horse, of course:   
   not a horse, not a horse.  
Of course, a sawhorse is not a horse.
Not a horse, of course!
Of course, not a horse!

A Course for a Horse

There are obstacle courses for horses.
But a horse has to learn how to go through the course.
Don?t force the horse through the course.
Guide the horse through the course.
 
Some courses may be too difficult.
So, find the right course for your horse.
Teach your horse how to go through the course.

Printouts

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.

2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.

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