pick the stick

Pick the Stick

Pick the Stick
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • Craft sticks
  • Picture cards
  • Letter cards  
  • Pick the Stick target text 

The children will pick a stick and act like a chick as they add sounds to the -ick ending to make words such as chick, stick, and pick. 

Literacy Activities
Pick a stick

  • Attach the -ick picture cards to craft sticks
  • With the children, go through each of the -ick picture cards and decide how they can act out each card.
  • One-by-one, 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 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.  

More Practice
Read target words in a text 

  • Read the Pick the Stick target text 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.
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SEEL Target Texts

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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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.