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Target text
A Horse, Of Course

Objective

Read and write words with the r-controlled -or.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • horse
  • force
  • hoard
  • board
  • course
  • seahorse
  • saw horse
  • race horse 
  • pack horse 

Materials:

  • Plastic horses or paper horses*
  • Items that a horse can go over, under, or through
  • Picture cards* 
  • A Course for a Horse target text*
  • A Horse, Of Course! target text*

*Items included below.

Overview 
The children will take a horse on a course and will read and write words with -orse, -ourse, and -orce, such as horse, course, and force.

Literacy Activities
Make a course for a horse

  • Tell the children that a course is a track where a horse can walk or run.
  • Read the A Course for a Horse target text (found below) with the children. 
  • Set up a course for a toy or paper horse. 
  • Let the toy or paper horse go go over, under, or through things.
  • Invite the children to guide, and not force, the paper horse through the course.

Is this a horse?

  • Explain that seahorse and saw horse have horse in their names but that they are not horses.
  • Display the word cards (found below) seahorse, saw horse, pack horse, and race horse.
    • If the card displays a horse, have the children say, "Of course it is a horse." 
    • If the card is a seahorse or saw horse, have the children say, "Of course it is not a horse."
  • Make A Horse and Not a Horse label and have the children put the horses (e.g., pack horse, race horse, seahorse, and saw horse) in the rightful categories.. 

Tell a story about a horse

  • Read, chant, or sing the target text A Horse, Of Course! (found below).
  • Invite the children to underline the words with -or and -ourse.

More Practice
Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the target text A Course for the Horse 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 A Horse, Of Course! target text.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Using a word wall with -or words (e.g., horse, course, force, pack horse, race horse, seahorse, saw horse), ask the children to write sentences about taking a horse on a course.
  • Ask the children to write about which horses are real and which are not real horses (i.e, “A race horse is a horse. A seahorse is not a horse.”.

SEEL Target Texts

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A Horse, Of Course!

A race horse is a horse, of course:
   a horse, a horse.
A horse, of course!
Of course, a race horse is a horse!
 
A saw horse is a not a horse, of course:   
   not a horse, not a horse.
Not a horse, of course!
Of course, a saw horse is not a horse.
 
A pack horse is a horse, of course:
   a horse, a horse.
A horse, of course!
Of course, a pack horse is a horse!
 
A seahorse is not a horse, of course:
   not a horse, not a horse.
Not a horse, of course!
Of course, a seahorse is 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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