Grow and Mow Grass


Read and write words that end with the long o vowel pattern –ow.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • mow
  • low
  • blow
  • slow
  • row
  • grow


  • Lawn mower graphic (see below)
  • Grass graphic (see below) (printed on green paper — optional)
  • Scissors
  • Leaf word cards (see below)
  • Hair dryer
  • Things that Grow target text (see below)
  • Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel (HarperCollins, 2011) (optional)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will pretend to grow and mow grass, and they will also read and write words with the long o vowel pattern –ow: mow, low, blow, slow.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Mow the lawn
    • Give the children the grass graphic (see below) and have them write –ow words along the solid lines of the graphic: mow, low, blow, slow, row, grow.
    • Help the children follow the instructions on the graphic to make grass: 1) Fold the paper backwards at the top dotted line (FOLD 1), 2) Cut along the solid lines, 3) Fold backwards at the bottom dotted line (FOLD 2), 4) Tape the bottom fold to a table or floor.
    • Tell the children to watch the grass grow as they unfold the top layer of the grass graphic.
    • Let the children pretend to mow the grass using the lawn mower graphic (see below).
    • Blow the leaves
    • Read the story The Surprise from the book Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel (optional)
    • Have the children choose a leaf word card one at a time and help them read the word on each card.
    • Scatter the leaf word cards on the ground.
    • Have the children say “Blow!” then turn on the hair dryer, and watch the leaves flutter Have the children say “Blow slowly!” then put the hair dryer on a lower setting and watch the leaves flutter more slowly.
    • If a hair dryer is not available allow the children to get down on the floor and blow together as they pretend to be wind blowing the leaves.


Apply the skill

  • Read target words in texts
    • Engage the children in reading the target text Things That Grow (see below) together with the group.
    • Have the children make a list of the words in the text that end with –ow.
    • Read the text again fading support.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: mow, blow, grow, slow.
    • Let the children write about mowing grass or blowing leaves (e.g., I can mow the grass. I can help blow the leaves.)


SEEL Target Texts

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Things That Grow

In spring and summer, things in the yard can grow.
Grass and plants can grow.
But grass and plants are slow to grow.
Some plants grow in rows.
But grass does not grow in rows.
When the grass finally grows, it can be mowed in neat rows.
But when all the grass is cut low, you can’t see any of the rows.
Leaves on the trees grow and fall.
The leaves can be raked into neat rows.
But when the wind blows, the leaves don’t stay in their neat rows.



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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.