Go and Hoe a Row

Go and Hoe a Row
Target text


Read and write words with long o spellings: –o, –ow, and –oe.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • go
  • no
  • row
  • grow
  • hoe
  • toe
  • show


  • Seed word cards* 
  • Scarecrow picture* 
  • Hoe picture*
  • Growing flowers picture*
  • Go and Hoe a Row target text*

*Items included below. 

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will pretend to hoe a row in a garden and will read and write words with different long o spellings: go, so, no, row, low, grow, sow, hoe, toe.

Literacy activity
Go to hoe and sow seeds

  • Have the children use the hoe picture (see below) to pretend to hoe a row. 
  • Let the children sow seed word cards (see below) in the rows and read the words as they sow the seeds in the rows.
  • 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).

Tell the crow to go away

  • Say, “Oh no! Here comes a crow. Crows like to eat seeds.”
  • Show the scarecrow picture (see below) and tell the crow to go away from the rows of seeds.
  • Have the children write, “Go away, crow!”.
  • Point out the words on the seed graphics with different long o spellings (i.e., go, crow).

Make flowers grow

  • Show the Flowers Grow picture (see below).
  • Invite the children to slowly unfold the paper flowers to make them grow.

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).
  • Read the text again fading support.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Make a word wall with long o words: –o (i.e., no, so, go), –ow (i.e., row, grow, sow, slow, low, crow, show), –oe (i.e., hoe, toe).
  • Let the children write about how they can hoe, sow, and help plants grow (e.g., I can hoe a row and sow seeds. I can tell a crow to go away. I can watch a flower grow).
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SEEL Target Texts

Go and Hoe a Row

I want to have a garden and grow plants.
I grab my hoe and go to hoe a row.
I go to hoe the dirt so I can sow 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 show off the plants as they grow in a row.
The plants start out low but then grow and grow.
I love to watch my garden grow!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.