Target text
A Sprout Sprouts Out


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sprout
  • spout
  • pout
  • out
  • shout
  • scout
  • snout


  • 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 a 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

  • Put 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 the 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 target text Shout to Get the Animals out of the Sprouts (see below) with the children.

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

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Make a Seed Sprout

A sprout is a seed that starts to grow.
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

A plant can grow from a seed or a sprout.
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?



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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.