Shout, "He is Out!"

Shout, "He is Out!"
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • out
  • mound
  • bound
  • shout 
  • proud
  • sound
  • around
  • ground


  • Word cards with ou*
  • Baseball field activity sheet with spaces to write -ou words* 
  • Dice and chart* or sets of game cards*
  • Baseball tokens*
  • Pictures of a pitcher’s mound*
  • Picture of home plate*
  • Pitcher on the Mound target text*
  • At a Baseball Game target text*
    *Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will pretend to play a baseball game and will read and write words with the -ou vowel combination such as found, round, shout, about, ground, sound, bound, and mound.

Literacy Activities
Introduce long o words with -ou

  • Ask the children if they have ever seen or played baseball.
  • Engage the children in reading words with the ou combination from the word cards (found below): out, shout, count, loud, ground, mound, pout, round, around, found, sound, bound, about, pound, proud, and dugout.
  • Tell the children that they could use those words to talk about a baseball game.

Explain how a baseball game works 

  • Position children to pretend to be the pitcher, umpire, infield and outfield players, and fans.
  • Have a child come out from the dugout and stand at the picture of home plate (found below) to be a batter.
  • Read and comment on the things that they may see players and fans do.
    • The pitcher
      • Stands on the mound (picture found below)
      • Throws the ball
      • Tries to get the batter to strike out  
    • The batter
      • Waits in the dugout.
      • Pounds the ground with the bat. 
      • Swings the bat around.  
      • Swings at the ball.
        • And the batter could
          • hit the ball.
          • hit a foul ball. 
          • hit the ball into the outfield.
          • hit the ball out of the park. 
          • hit the ball and run around. 
          • strike out.
          • get tagged out.
    • The outfield and infield players
      • Catch a ground ball.
      • Tag the runner out.
      • Miss catching the ball and not tag the runner out.
      • Watch the ball fly out of the park.  
    • The umpire
      • calls the batter, “Out!”
      • calls the batter, “Safe!”
    • The fans
      • pout.
      • shout loudly.
      • stomp on the ground.

Pantomime actions in a ball game
* Read about three batters who are up at the plate and illustrate the actions with gestures (see below).   

Play a pretend game of baseball on an activity sheet

  • Divide children into pairs or small groups. 
  • Let children write an -ou word on each space in the baseball field activity sheet (found below).
  • Have the children take turns drawing an -ou word card and a game card (found below), then read the -ou word card aloud. 
  • Have the children move a token (also found below) around the bases according to the instructions on the game card they drew (e.g., move one to four spaces, get walked, or get out). 


  • Have the children draw an -ou word card and read the word aloud.
  • Let the children roll a die and consult the chart (found below) that shows 1 = Go to 1st base, 2 = Go to 2nd base, 3 = Go to 3rd base, 4 = Home run!, 5 = Get walked!, and 6 = You’re out.
  • Encourage the children to read each -ou word as their token passes it.

Write words from dictation

  • Have the children write words from dictation (e.g., sound, bound, mound, found, round, proud, pout, shout). 

Read target words in texts 

  • Engage the children in reading the Pitcher on the Mound target text (found below).
  • Read the text again, fading support.       
  • Repeat with the At a Baseball Game target text (found below).
  • Have the children circle the -ou vowel combination in words.

Write about the activity   

  • Engage the children in interactive writing about what happens at a ball game.
  • Display a word wall with the words ground, around, out, pound, sound, mound, shout, pout, round, found, bound, about, proud, and dugout.
  • Provide verbal or written prompts about things that happen in a baseball game such as:
    • The pitcher stands on a ____(mound).
    • The batter swings the bat ____(around) and hits the bat on the ____(ground).
    • A batter hits the ball and ___ ____(runs around).
    • The ball goes ___(out) of the park.
    • The runner is tagged ___(out).
    • The fans give a ____  ____(loud shout).
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SEEL Target Texts

Pitcher on the Mound

The first batter comes out of the dugout.
The pitcher is on the mound.
The ump shows the count. 
The proud batter is bound to hit the ball.  
Oh no! Foul ball!  
The ball is caught out of bounds.  
“Out!” shouts the ump.
The batter goes back to the dugout.
The second batter comes out of the dugout.
The pitcher is on the mound.
This batter is bound to hit the ball.
But the batter strikes out. 
The batter does not get to go around the bases.
He pounds the ground with the bat.
He goes back to the dugout.
Another batter comes out of the dugout.
The pitcher is on the mound.
This batter is bound to hit the ball.
He swings and . . . the fans hear a loud sound!
The players look on the ground and all around.
Where is the ball?
It is flying out of the park! 
The fans give a loud shout.
The proud batter runs all the way around.
Home run!

At a Baseball Game

What do some players do?
Stand on the mound.
Look around.
Look on the ground.
Look all around.
Run around.
Shout at the umpire.
Pound the ground with a bat.
Catch a ground ball.
Stand around in the outfield.
Pick up the ball off the ground.
Watch the ball fly out of the park.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.