hound from the pound

Hound from the Pound

Hound from the Pound
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • Home for a Hound sign* 
  • Dog Pound sign*
  • Blanket  
  • Pictures of round shapes*
  • A toy dog or a picture of a dog*  
  • String 
  • Hound Found in the Pound target text*

*Items included below.

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 Dog Pound sign (found below) on a chair with the toy dog or the picture of a dog (also found below) near it. 
  • Place the cut out, round shapes (found below) on the ground leading to the Dog Pound sign.
  • Explain that when a dog, sometimes called a hound, is found, the dog often gets taken to the pound.
  • Let the children follow the round shapes that lead to the hound in the pound.
  • Say, “Don’t make a sound as we listen for the hound.” 
  • Make a barking sound and say, “We must be close to the pound.” 
  • When the children get to the dog pound, say “We found the hound at the pound!”

Get the hound from the pound

  • Take the dog from the pound and let the dog run round and round.
  • Put the dog on a leash and comment on how the dog gets all wound up.
  • Make the dog go round and round in the other direction so that it will not get wound up.
  • Follow the round shapes on the ground until the hound gets to the Home for a Hound sign (found below) on a mound of blanket on the ground.   
  • Say, “We were bound to get home by following the round shapes found on the ground.”

More Practice 
Read and write target words 

  • Engage the children in reading the Hound Found in the Pound target text (found below) with you.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children write -ound words from dictation.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Provide oral or written sentence frames for the children to complete: 
    • The ____ (hound) was not ____(found)  on the ____(mound) of blankets on the ____(ground).
    • We _____(found) some ____(round) shapes on the ____(ground).
    • We followed the ____(round) shapes on the ____(ground) to the ____(pound).
    • We ____(found) our ____(hound) in the ____(pound).
    • We took our ____(hound) back to his ____(mound).
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SEEL Target Texts

A Hound Found in the Pound

We knew of a hound that slept on a mound.
His mound was made of blankets on the ground.
He would sit up on the mound to look around.
But one day, we could not find the hound on his mound.
The hound could not be found.
"Hound! Hound!"
Then we found some round shapes on the ground.
The round shapes led us to the dog pound, a place for lost hounds.
We found our hound in the pound!
We took our hound back to his mound.
He looked around and then curled up to sleep on the mound.
We are very happy to have found our hound!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.