Knock on Blocks

Knock on Blocks
Target text


Read and write words ending with the ck digraph.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • pick
  • stick
  • block
  • knock
  • stack
  • stuck


  • Blocks
  • Rock
  • Stick
  • Stickers or little images with tape to make stickers*
  • Word-building cards*
  • Will the Sticker Stick? target text*
  • Knock on Blocks target text*
  • Brick (optional)

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will stack, knock, and stick stickers on blocks and will read and write words ending with ck, such as block, stick, stack, knock, stuck, brick, flick, and pick.

Literacy Activities
Read texts with support

  • Have the children read words that end in ck (e.g., block, stick, stack, knock, stuck, brick, flick, and pick); support as needed.
  • Read the Will the Sticker Stick? target text (see below); support as needed.
  • Have the children write words that end in ck from dictation.
  • Repeat with Knock on Blocks (see below) (for the word knock, cover the initial k to show that it is silent).

Pick, stack, and knock blocks

  • Write the words block, stack, knock, and stick on the board.
  • Explain that ck makes the /k/ sound.
  • Have the children stick -ck words on blocks and read them as they pick, stack, and knock blocks.
  • Make comments such as, “Pick, stack, and knock on blocks.”

Stick stickers on a brick, rock, and stick

  • Take the children outside (optional), and let them try to stick a sticker on a brick, rock, or stick.
  • Say, “Stick the sticker on the brick/rock/stick. Will it stick?”
  • Make comments such as, “Stick the sticker on the brick” and “The sticker is stuck to the rock.”

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Tape word-building cards (see below) on the blocks.
  • Place the blocks in a row with a space between each block.
  • Let the children touch each block, say the sound, and push the blocks together to make a word (e.g., p + i + ck = pick).
  • With word-building cards (see below), have the children:
    • Change the beginning consonant(s): sackstack, packsack, knockblock, pickstick
    • Change the vowel: stickstack, sacksick, packpick, blockblack, lucklick
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SEEL Target Texts

Will the Sticker Stick?

Let’s go out with the stickers.
Stick a sticker on a brick.
Will it stick?
No, you can flick it off.
Will it stick to a rock?
Or can you pluck it off?
Don’t get the sticker in the mud and muck.
It will not stick on mud or muck. Yuck!
Will a sticker stick to a stick?
A sticker will stick to a stick if you wrap the sticker around the stick.
Now stick the sticker to itself.

Knock on Blocks

Pick up and stack lots of blocks.
Pick a block and stick it on top.
Make a big stack of blocks!
Then pick a block and knock it off.
Knock or flick the block but do not kick the block.
Then stack it back on top.
Smack the blocks together.
Can you hear them click?
Can you hear them clack?
Click, clack, click, clack.
Quick! Now put them back!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.