Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ack to make words such as back, quack, and track.
- Quack Back song (see below), sung to the tune of Five Little Ducks
- Mama Quack and Ducklings graphic (see below)
- Duck Face Masks (see below)
- Craft Sticks
- 3x5 index cards
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Viking Books for Young Readers, 1941) (optional)
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will pretend they are ducks while they add sounds to the -ack ending to make words such as back, track, quack, and Jack.
Practice the skill within an activity
Pretend to be ducks and quack
- Before the activity, cut out the duck face masks and attach them to craft sticks.
- Read the book, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey to the children, pointing out that the ducklings' names all end with -ack.
- Invite five children to get in a line and hold up the face masks (see below) to play the roles of the ducklings.
- Hold the Mama Quack face mask as you play the role of Mama Quack.
- Say a duckling’s name, segmenting the initial sound and the –ack ending (e.g., /z/ + /ack/), then have the children join in blending the sounds together to say the complete name (e.g., /z/ + /ack/ = Zack).
- Have the children choose which "duckling" that name belongs to, and have that duckling quack as they go back to their seat.
- Repeat with the other duckling names.
- Teach the children the Quack Back song (see below).
- Let the ducks waddle along a track made of masking tape on the ground (optional) or waddle around the room as everyone sings the Quack Back song.
- Repeat activities as desired, allowing new children to play the ducklings’ roles and a child to take your place as Mama Quack (optional).
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Segment words into sounds and blend sounds into words
- Invite the children to march to each sound in the word back.
- Produce the initial sound (e.g. /b/): march right.
- Produce /ack/: march left.
- Have the children blend the sounds together to produce the complete word (e.g., back) as they jump in place with their feet together.
- Repeat with other –ack words, such as quack, lack, tack, sack, and rack.
Read and write target words
- With the children's help, make a list on the board of the ducklings' names.
- Point to each of the names written on the board and have the group read each name first with the sounds separated (e.g., "/z/ + /ack/"), and then with the sounds blended together (e.g., "Zack").
- Have children write the name of their favorite duckling on an index card.
- Hold up the different face masks one at a time, inviting the children to hold up their index card when the corresponding face mask is shown.
SEEL Target Texts
Jack said, “Quack,” and waddled to the track.
Mama Quack said, “QUACK, QUACK” back to Jack,
Jack left the track saying, “Quack, quack, quack!”
Mack said, “Quack,” and waddled to the track.
Mama Quack said, “QUACK, QUACK” back to Mack,
Mack left the track saying, “Quack, quack, quack!”
Mama Quack said, “QUACK, QUACK” back to Pack,
Pack left the track saying, “Quack, quack, quack!”
Mama Quack said, “QUACK, QUACK” back to Lack,
Lack left the track saying, “Quack, quack, quack!”
Mama Quack said, “QUACK, QUACK” back to Zack,
Zack left the track saying, “Quack, quack, quack!”
(Sung to the tune of Five Little Ducks)
SEEL At Home
Blend beginning sounds and the -ack ending to make words (e.g., /b/-ack).
- Duck pictures (see below) attached to craft sticks (optional)
- Quack Back song (see below) sung to the tune of Five Little Ducks
Activity: Quack Back
- Help your child cut out the duck pictures and label them with different -ack names, (e.g., Jack, Lack, Mack, Zack, Pack, and Mama Quack).
- Together you can make the pictures into stick puppets (tape to craft stick) or finger puppets (tape a paper loop to the back of picture) if desired.
- Have your child teach you the Quack Back song (see below) and sing it together, acting it out using the pictures (or puppets).
- Play a guessing game with your child by saying the beginning sound of one of the names then the -ack ending, and allow your child to blend the sounds together to say the name,
- Have your child hold up the picture card labeled with the name (e.g., Parent says /j/ + /ack/. Child says "Jack" and holds up the picture labeled Jack).
- The activity can be repeated several times.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.