Tick Tock Time to Rock


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with –ock to make words such as rock, clock, and sock.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rock
  • clock
  • block
  • lock
  • sock


  • Music and audio 
  • Sock
  • ock word cards (see below)
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Letter block (see below)
  • ock block (see below)
  • Tick Tock, Time to Rock! target text (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children that they will play a game where they rock around the room to music as they  add sounds to the –ock ending to make words such as rock, sock, lock, and clock

Practice the skill within an activity

Rock around the room

  • Before the activity, cut out the -ock word cards and place them in a sock. Then, place the four large picture word cards in the four corners of the room.
  • Demonstrate the game:
    • Have everyone shout, “Tick-tock, time to rock!”  
    • Start the music, and have children “rock” (dance) around the room.  
    • When the music stops, have them stop at the nearest corner as quickly as they can.  
    • Draw a word from the sock and read it. Ask the children what sound(s) are at the beginning of the word (e.g.; “What sound(s) does block start with?”).
    • Ask the children who are in the corner with the same object that is on the card to raise their hands. These children will be out until the next round.
    • Have everyone shout, “Tick-tock, time to rock!” again and repeat the game.

Apply the skill (choose from the following) 

Read target words in a text (see below)

  • Read the text Tick Tock, Time to Rock! together as a class/group. 
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ock.

Create -ock words with blocks

  • Let one child roll the letter block (see below).
  • Let a second child roll the -ock block (see below).
  • With the children, blend the sound of the letter rolled on the first block with the -ock ending (e.g., if the letter were rolled on the letter block, blend /s/ with /ock/ to make sock).

Write about the activity using target words

  • Give each child a picture of a clock or have them draw a clock. Have them write –ock words on their clocks.

SEEL Target Texts

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Tick-Tock Time to Rock!

Tick-Tock, Time to Rock!
Tick-tock, do you hear the clock?
What time is it?
Time to rock!
Tick-tock, it is time to rock!
Rock, rock, it is time to rock!
Rock, rock, rock!
Tick-tock, do you see the clock?
Tick-tock, I see the clock!
Tick-tock, tick-tock.
There is no more time to rock!



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