Target text
Blow and Throw Snow


Read and write words spelled with the long o pattern -ow.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • row
  • blow
  • snow
  • slow
  • show
  • throw


  • Crumpled pieces of white paper 
  • Word cards with -ow words* 
  • Bows or pictures of bows* 

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will pretend to throw snow as they read and write long o words spelled with -ow, such as blow, throw, snow, slow, and bow.

Literacy Activities
Make and show snow

  • Have the children write words that rhyme with -ow on a piece of paper.
  • Have the children crumple their piece of paper to make a snowball.
  • Let the children show their snowball to another child.

Throw snow

  • Let the children stand in a row.
  • Have the children place their paper snowballs in a row at their feet.
  • Let the children throw their snowballs up in the air and then catch them.

Blow snow 

  • Have the children rip a tiny piece of their snowball to make a snowflake.
  • Let the children see if they can blow the snowflake across a desk and make it go.
  • Let them throw their snowballs one at a time, going down the row.

Win a bow

  • Scatter the word cards (found below) face up on the floor.
  • Have the children throw their paper snowball to try to get it to land on a word card.
  • Tell the children that if they read the word on a card, they'll win a bow.

More Practice
Write target words introduced in the activity

  • Display a word wall with -ow words (e.g., flow, know, below, low, snow, throw, blow, bow, stow, glow, showtow).
  • Have the children use some of the word wall words as they write about doing something with, in, or about snow.



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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.