Hound from the Pound


Read and write words spelled with the ou vowel combination.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • found
  • round
  • ground
  • hound
  • sound
  • bound
  • mound
  • pound


  • Home for a hound sign (see below)
  • Blanket placed in a mound on the ground to be a home for the hound
  • Pound sign (see below)
  • Chair to be the pound
  • Round objects or shapes (see graphics below)
  • Toy dog or picture of a dog (see graphic below)
  • String or strip of cloth to be a leash
  • Hound in the Pound target text (see below)
  • –ound hound for a writing activity (see graphic below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will look around for a hound that needs to be found while they read and write words that end in -ound, such as found, round, ground, hound, sound, bound, mound, and pound.

Practice the skill within an activity

  • Look around for a hound
    • Place the Home for a hound sign (see below) on a blanket in a mound on the ground.
    • Place the Pound sign on a different chair across the room and place the toy dog or picture of a dog (see below) under the chair.
    • Place round objects or shapes (see below) on the ground in a trail leading from the home for a hound to a pound.
    • Pretend to lose a dog, a hound (explain that a dog who is lost often gets picked up and taken to the pound).
    • Tell the children that the round shapes on the ground are clues leading to the hound.
    • Let the children follow the round shapes to the pound.
    • Say, “Don’t make a sound so you can listen for and hear your hound” then make a barking sound.
  • Get the hound from the pound
    • Take the dog from the pound and let the dog get so excited that he jumps and runs round and round.
    • Make the dog get all wound up in his leash.
    • Ask, “Is our hound all wound up?”
    • Make the dog go round and round in the other direction so it will not be wound up.
    • Comment, that now the dog is not wound up – his leash is unwound.
    • Follow the round shapes that are on the ground back to get the hound home at the mound.
    • Say, “We are bound to get home if we follow the round things we found on the ground.”

Apply the skill (Choose from the activities below)

  • Read target words in texts (see below)
    • Engage the children in reading the target text Hound in the Pound together as a class/group.
    • Read the text again fading support.
    • Ask the children to listen for –ound words as you read the text together.
    • Have the children make a list of the –ound words that they heard.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a paper and pencil and the –ound hound graphic (see below) and let them write words from dictation: found, round, ground, hound, sound, around, bound, mound, wound, pound.
    • Engage the children in interactive writing about their experience. Review target words and phrases from the activities then present sentence frame, sentence completion, gestural, or question prompts incorporating target words and phrases. Provide verbal or written options if needed.
      • Example of an interactive text:
        • The _____ (hound) was not in his home on the _____ (mound).
        • We _____ (found) some _____ (round) shapes on the _____ (ground).
        • We followed the _____ (round) shapes on the _____ (ground) to a _____ (pound).
        • We _____ (found) our _____ (hound) in the _____ (pound).
        • We took our _____ (hound) back to his _____ (mound).

SEEL Target Texts

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Hound in the Pound

The hound was not in his home on the mound.
The hound was lost.
We found some round shapes on the ground.
We followed the path of round shapes on the ground.
The path of round shapes led us to a pound.
We found our hound in the pound!
We took our hound back to his mound.



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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.