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 
  • Duck and truck graphics
  • Duck and Truck Stuck in Muck target text 

Overview
The children 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

Literacy Activities
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
  • Place a tray of 'muck' on a table, surrounded by duck and truck graphics.
  • Allow children to take turns using a straw to suck a paper duck or a paper truck and put 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, and have children answer by saying, "In the m + u + ck."

More Practice
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.
    • 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 

  • Read the Duck and Truck Stuck in Muck target text together as a class. 
  • 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. 

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.

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Objective

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

Materials

  • Ducks graphic 
  • Pretend muck 
  • Straw (optional)

Activity: Stuck in Muck

  • 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.
    • Follow the recipe provided below.
  • 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 into 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.

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.
  • 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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