watch out for that pouch

Watch Out for That Pouch

Watch Out for That Pouch
Target text


Read and write words that have the ou vowel combination.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • out
  • pout
  • loud
  • pouch
  • proud
  • slouch
  • crouch


  • A circle of cloth, a paper bag, or a real pouch 
  • Cloth pouch template* 
  • 1 yard of thread or string (if you are making the cloth pouch)
  • Couch sign* 
  • Picture of a pouch*  
  • Objects to pull out of a pouch 
  • -ou word cards* 
  • Word-building cards*
  • Scout for a Pouch target text* 
  • Watch out for that Pouch! target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will scout out a pouch under a couch and will read and write words with the -ou vowel combination. 

Literacy Activities
Make a pouch and watch out for the pouch

  • Cut out a cloth circle and cut a length of thread.
  • Show the children a pouch—a little bag that is tied at the top.
  • Show the children how to make a pouch by tying the string around the top of the gathered cloth. 


  • Make holes in the top of the cloth circle and thread the string through the holes.
  • Pull the string tight, cinching up the pouch. 

Let a pouch grab something  

  • Gather a paper bag at the top to look like a pouch, use a real pouch, or use the cloth pouch.
  • Let the children put a finger in the “mouth” (the opening) of the pouch. 
  • Close the pouch by pulling the strings to bunch up the opening.
  • Pretend not to be happy and say, “Ouch! You Pouch!”
    • Pretend to pout and be a grouch as you say “Ouch!”
    • Have the children warn others to watch out for the pouch and keep away from the mouth of the pouch.

Scout for a lost pouch

  • Read the Scout for a Pouch target text (found below) to the children.
  • Read the text again as a class and help the children act out the following story:
    • Label a chair in the room with a Couch sign (found below). 
    • Slouch down on the couch with the pouch and let the pouch fall off the couch.
    • Pretend to pout and be a grouch because you lost your pouch.
    • Scout (look) for the pouch.
    • Find the pouch and shout, “I don’t have to pout! I’m not a grouch! I found my pouch by the couch!”

Pull something out of a pouch

  • Put pennies or other small objects in the pouch. 
  • Tell the children that people often keep special things in pouches.
  • Let the children open the pouch.
  • Let the children pull the objects out of the pouch and then count them.

Read words pulled out of a pouch
Put word cards with the -ou vowel combination (found below) in the pouch and then let the children take the words out of the pouch and read them out loud.

More Practice  
With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel(s) or the beginning or ending consonant(s):

  • Change the beginning consonant(s): crouchgrouch; couchpouch; scoutpout; loudproud
  • Change the vowel(s): couchcoach; scoutscoot
  • Change the ending consonant(s): pouchpout; couchcount

Read target words in texts 

  • Engage the children in reading the Watch Out for a Pouch! target text (found below) as a group.
  • Have the children raise their hands when they hear the ou vowel combination or circle the words spelled with -ou in the text.
  • Read the target text again, fading support.
  • Have the children make a list of the -ou words from the text.
  • Repeat with the Scout for a Pouch target text.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Have the children write words from dictation (e.g., pouch, couch, ouch, slouch, grouch, crouch, out, pout, doubt, scout, about, loud, proud.).
  • Engage the children in interactive writing about their experience and provide verbal or written prompts as needed:
    • I made a ____ (pouch).
    • I sat on a ____ (couch) with my ____ (pouch).
    • I lost my ____ (pouch) and was a ____ (grouch).
    • I found my ____ (pouch) under the ____ (couch).
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SEEL Target Texts

Scout for a Pouch

I made a pouch.
But I slouched down on a couch with my pouch.
I lost my pouch!
And I pouted and acted like a grouch.
I scouted for my pouch.
I found the pouch.
I shouted out loud, 
     “I don’t have to pout! 
     “I’m not a grouch! 
     “I found my pouch by the couch!”

Watch Out for That Pouch!

Ow! Ouch!
The pouch snagged a finger.  
Get your finger out!
Watch out for that pouch!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.