Stuck in the Muck

Objective

Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with –uck to spell words such as muck, stuck, and duck.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • duck
  • muck
  • stuck
  • truck 

Materials:

  • Pretend muck
  • Tray or bowl
  • Drinking straws - 1 per child
  • Paper ducks and paper trucks (see below)
  • Blank ducks (see below)
  • Duck and Truck Stuck in Muck target text (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will play with ducks and trucks in muck as they add sounds to the -uck ending to make words such as duck, muck, suck, and stuck

Practice the skill within an activity

Make sad, mad, and glad faces 

  • Before the activity, prepare a tray of 'muck' for the children to interact with.
    • Pretend Muck Options: play-dough, chocolate pudding, muck recipe, or flour, water, and food coloring
    • Muck recipe: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup water. Mix dry ingredients. Add water while mixing. Use hands for kneading.
  • Place a tray of 'muck' on a table, surrounded by paper ducks and paper trucks.
  • Allow children to take turns sucking a duck or a truck with their straw and putting it in the muck.
  • Each time a child gets out a duck or truck, have the rest of the class say and clap out each sound of the word (e.g., /t/ - /r/ - /u/ - /ck/).
  • Ask the children where the duck or truck is. Have children answer by saying, "In the /m/ - /u/ - /ck/."

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Clap out sounds in words 
    • Have the children take apart the word duck and clap once for each sound in the word (/d/ - /u/ - /ck/).
    • Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word duck (3).
    • Clap for each sound in the word duck again to reinforce the model.
    • Repeat with other -uck words (e.g. tuck, truck, suck, stuck, muck).

Read target words in a text (see below)

  • Read the Duck and Truck Stuck in Muck target text (see below) together as a class/group. 
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in -uck.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Give each child a page with several blank ducks.
  • Have the children write different -uck words on their ducks to take home. 

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Objective

Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with –uck to spell words such as muck, stuck, and duck.

Materials

  • Paper ducks (see below)
  • Pretend muck (see instructions)
  • Straw (optional)

Activity: Stuck in Muck

  • Before the activity, prepare a tray of "muck" for your child to interact with.

    • Pretend Muck Options: play-dough, chocolate pudding, muck recipe, or flour, water, and food coloring
    • Muck recipe: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup water. Mix dry ingredients. Add water while mixing. Use hands for kneading.
  • Take turns with your child sucking the ducks to your straw (optional) and dropping them in the muck. 
  • As each duck is dropped in, read the -uck word written on it. Separate the sounds in each word by clapping while saying each part (e.g., /m/ - /u/ - /ck/).
  • Play with the ducks; make each one stuck deeper and deeper in the muck. 
  • Together write a list of all the -uck words you can think of. Read the list together, again separating the sounds in each word as they are said.
  • Optional: Draw and cut out a representation of each -uck word that was listed.  Play with the new pictures in the muck.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.paper-ducks

Standards

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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.

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