Pick the Stick


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ick to make words such as stick, pick, and kick.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • pick
  • stick
  • chick
  • kick
  • quick
  • lick


  • Craft sticks
  • Pictures of words ending in -ick (attach each to the end of a craft stick)
  • Letter cards for Pass the Stick game (see below)
  • Pick the Stick target text (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will pick a stick and act like a chick while they add sounds to the -ick ending to make words such as chick, stick, and pick. 

Practice the skill within an activity

Pick a stick

  • Show the children the picture cards (see below) attached to each craft stick.
  • Go through each of the -ick picture cards with the children and decide as a group how they can act out each card (e.g., for the picture of a chick, pretend to flap wings and peck at the ground).
  • Have the children pick a stick one-by-one while everyone chants, "Pick a stick! Pick a stick!"
  • Let the children perform the action that goes with the -ick picture on the stick that was drawn.
  • Repeat until every child has had a turn to pick a stick.

Pass the stick

  • Have the children sit in a circle and take turns passing a craft stick labeled with -ick.
  • As the children get the stick, have them place a letter card (see below) in front of the -ick ending on the stick then have them blend the sounds together to read the word.
  • Write each new word on the board: lick, chick, kick, sick, wick, pick, quick, stick.  

Apply the skill (choose from the following) 

Read target words in a text (see below)

  • Read the target text Pick the Stick together as a class/group. 
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ick.

Segment -ick words into their sounds and blend sounds into words 

  • Have the children march to each sound in the word pick.
    • Produce the sound /p/ (march right), produce /i/ (march left), produce /k/ (march right)
    • Bring both feet together as you blend the sounds to say "pick!" 
  • Repeat with other -ick words: lick, chick, kick, sick, wick

Write about the activity using target words

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and have the children write words from dictation
    • lick click pick pack pan  tan tack tick lick.

SEEL Target Texts

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Pick the Stick!

We played a game with sticks. 
We each got to pick a stick.
One stick had a chick.
One stick had a brick.
One stick had a wick.
Who got the stick with the chick? 
Was it a quick pick?
We liked to pick the stick with a chick. 



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