A Sprout Sprouts Out
Read and write words spelled with the -ou vowel combination.
- Sprouts (seeds wrapped in a wet paper towel and permitted to sprout)
- Spouts from water bottles (the cut-off top of a water bottle)
- Water bottle spouts used as pots for sprouts to sprout out
- Cups to serve as stands to hold up the pots of spouts
- Seeds (beans or wheat seeds) and dirt
- Green paper, cut to look like seedlings sprouting up (see graphic below)
- Make a Seed Sprout target text (see below)
- A Sprout in a Spout target text (see below)
- Word blending cards (see below)
- Book: The Cows Are in the Corn by James Young (optional)
The children will sprout sprouts and read and write words with -ou, such as out, pout, snout, shout, and spout.
Practice the skill within an activity
Explain that when a seed begins to grow, a plant begins to "sprout out."
Turn seeds into sprouts (sprout seeds)
- Show a sprout or a picture of a sprout and explain that when a seed starts to grow we call it a sprout.
- Have the children sprout seeds by wrapping them in a moist paper towel a few days before planting.
- Watch for the plant to start to sprout out.
- Pretend to shout at the seed to make it sprout.
- Comment on how you don’t need to pout or shout if the seeds or sprouts don’t sprout out.
Plant sprouts and seeds
- Point out that a spout is the part of a water bottle where the water comes out.
- Put a little dirt in spouts with a lid and comment on how the dirt, seeds, or sprouts won’t fall out.
- Prop up the spouts in cups to keep them from falling over.
- Set the pots with seeds or spouts out and water them.
- Watch for the plant to sprout out.
- Pretend to pout if a seed or sprout hasn’t begun to sprout out.
- Give a shout when the sprouts begin to sprout out the spouts.
Shout to get animals out of the sprouts
- Place out strips of green paper to be sprouts poking out of the ground (see graphics).
- Read The Cows Are in the Corn, a book about shouting at animals to get them out of the sprouts in a garden.
- Let children be animals who get in garden plots and stomp on sprouts.
- Pout and shout, “The ___ (cows, pigs, horses) are in the sprouts and won’t come out. Shout to get them out. Get out of the sprouts!”
- Have the children read: “The animals are in the sprouts, and they won’t come out. Shout to get them out. Get out of the sprouts!”
- Read the following text with the children: Shout to Get the Animals out of the Sprouts (see below)
Apply the skill
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the initial consonant(s):
- snout → shout; pout → spout; sprout → spout; shout → out; scout → sprout
Read target words and patterns introduced in the activity (see texts below)
- Engage the children in reading the target text Make a Seed Sprout.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Have the children make a list of the -out words.
- Repeat with the texts A Sprout in a Spout and A Seed in a Cup.
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Help the children list words that end in -out (e.g., sprout, pout, out, spout, about, snout, shout, scout).
- Let the children write words from dictation: sprout, pout, out, spout, snout, scout, shout.
- Make a list of -out words available, and have the children write a sentence or two that relates to one of the texts or activities that they experienced.
SEEL Target Texts
Make a Seed Sprout
To make a sprout, put a seed in a wet towel.
Let it sit for a few days.
Then check to see if the seed begins to sprout.
The seed sprouts when the plant starts to push out.
A Sprout in a Spout and a Seed in a Cup
See which will sprout out first.
Plant a sprout in a spout.
Plant a seed in a cup.
Put water in the spout and in the cup.
Wait a few days.
Did a plant begin to sprout out from the spout or the cup?
A Sprout Sprouts Out