Hound from the Pound


Read and write words spelled with the -ou vowel pattern.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Home for a hound sign 
  • Dog Pound sign
  • Blanket  
  • Round shapes graphic
  • Toy dog or dog graphic  
  • String 
  • Hound in the Pound target text 
  • -ound hound graphic 

The children will look around for a hound that needs to be found and then read and write words that end in -ound, such as found, round, ground, hound, sound, bound, mound, and pound.

Literacy Activities
Look around for a hound

  • Place the Home for a hound sign on a blanket in a mound on the ground.
  • Place the Dog Pound sign on a chair across the room with the toy dog or graphic underneath it. 
  • Place the round shapes on the ground in a trail leading from the Home for a hound sign to the Dog Pound sign.
  • Explain that a hound is a dog, and when a hound gets lost, the dog often gets picked up and taken to the pound.
  • Tell the children that the round shapes from the Home for a hound sign are clues leading toward the hound in the pound.
  • Let the children follow the round shapes to the pound.
  • Say, “Don’t make a sound so that you can listen for your hound.” Then, make a barking sound.

Get the hound from the pound

  • Attach a string to the toy dog or graphic and choose a child to act out the dog’s role.
  • Take the dog from the pound, and let the dog get so excited that it jumps and runs round and round.
  • Hold the string and make the dog get all wound up in its leash.
  • Ask, “Is our hound all wound up?”
  • Make the dog go round and round in the other direction so that it will not be wound up.
  • Comment that the dog is not wound up now because its leash is unwound.
  • Follow the round shapes that are on the ground back to get the hound’s home on the mound.
  • Say, “We are bound to get home if we follow the round shapes we found on the ground.”

More Practice 
Read target words in texts 

  • Engage the children in reading the Hound in the Pound target text with you.
  • 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 -ound hound graphic, and let them write words as you say them: found, round, ground, hound, sound, around, bound, mound, wound, pound.
  • Engage the children in writing about their experience, and provide verbal or written options if needed.
    • 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.
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.