go and hoe a row
Read and write words with long o spellings: –o, –ow, –oe, –oa.
Recognize that the long o spellings (–o, –ow, –oe, –oa) have the same pronunciation.
- Hoe graphic (see below)
- Seed word cards (see below)
- Growing Flowers graphic (see below)
- Scarecrow graphic (see below)
- Go and Hoe a Row target text (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will pretend to hoe a row in a garden and they will read and write words spelled with different long o spellings: go, so, no, row, low, grow, sow, hoe, toe, coat, road, boat.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Go to sow seeds
- Have the children use the hoe graphic (see below) to pretend to hoe a row in a garden (explain that hoe means to dig in the dirt using a tool called a hoe).
- Allow the children to pretend to hoe a row with their toe.
- Let the children pretend to sow seeds (explain that sow means to plant seeds) in the rows that they hoed using the seed word cards (see below).
- Have the children read the word on each card as they sow the seeds in the garden.
- Instruct the children to gather the word cards and sort them according to spelling pattern: –o (i.e., no, so, go), –ow (i.e., row, grow, low, sow), –oe (i.e., hoe, toe), –oa (i.e., road, coat, boat).
- Emphasize that the words are spelled with different long o spellings, but they are pronounced the same.
- Tell the crow to go away
- Say, “Oh no! Here comes a crow. Crows like to eat seeds.”
- Have the children write “Go away crow!” under the scarecrow graphic (see below).
- Point out the words and objects on the graphic with different long o spellings (i.e., go, crow, coat).
- Let the children hold up the scarecrow and pretend to shoo away crows from the rows of seeds.
- Tape the Growing Flowers graphic (see below) to the table, following the directions on the graphic.
- Invite the children to slowly unfold the paper flowers to make them grow.
Apply the skill
- Read target words in texts
- Engage the children in reading the target text Go and Hoe a Row (see below).
- Have the children make a chart listing the words from the text with long o spellings: –o (i.e., no, go), –ow (i.e., row, sow, crow, slowly, grow, low), –oe (i.e., hoe, toe).
- Emphasize that these words are all pronounced with a long o sound, but are spelled with different patterns.
- Read the text again fading support.
- Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Make a word wall of words from the activity with long o spellings: –o (i.e., no, so, go), –ow (i.e., row, grow, sow, slow, low, crow), –oe (i.e., hoe, toe), –oa (i.e., road, coat, boat)
- Let the children write about working in the garden using words from the word wall (e.g., I can hoe a row and sow seeds. I can tell a crow to go away. I can watch a flower grow).
SEEL Target Texts
Go and Hoe a Row
I go and hoe a row with my toe.
I go and sow some seeds in the row.
Oh no! A crow!
I can’t let the crow go in the row of seeds.
I tell the crow to go away.
I watch the seeds slowly grow.
I see the plants pop up in a row.
I see the plants start out low then grow and grow.
I love to watch my garden grow!
Go and Hoe a Row