unlock the lock
Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ock to make words such as dock, rock, and sock.
- File folder
- Duct tape (optional)
- Easel (optional)
- Three sheets of cardstock
- Doors 1, 2, and 3 graphics
- Envelopes (one for each child)
The children will unlock locks and unscramble words as they add sounds to the -ock ending to make words such as lock, sock, and dock.
Mother Alphabet's Word Factory
- Attach picture cards to the front of each envelope and place the matching letter cards inside.
- Fold each sheet of cardstock in half and glue the locks from each graphics sheet onto the front of each piece of cardstock (so the cardstock looks like a door).
- Put the envelopes in their corresponding cardstock folder (i.e., a cardstock folder for doors 1, 2, and 3).
- Cover the file folder with duct tape and set it on an easel (optional).
- Put the cardstock folders inside the file folder.
- Explain to the children that Mother Alphabet's -ock words are all mixed up and need to be unscrambled.
- Point out the lock to the children and write lock on the whiteboard while emphasizing the short vowel o and the -ck spelling of /k/.
- Ask the children if they are ready to unlock the first door and help Mother Alphabet, then prompt the children to reply, "Yes! Unlock the lock!"
- The first door:
- Each envelope contains the same word. Allow the children to work together to unscramble the word.
- Just as the children are about to open their envelopes, tap on the cardstock door.
- Explain that you hear Mother Alphabet knocking and that she has a clue that will help!
- Door #1 clue: the -ck spelling of /k/ is never found at the beginning of words, only at the end.
- Let the children unscramble the letters to spell the word sock.
- Let a child write the word sock on the whiteboard while you point out the spelling.
- The second door:
- Repeat the above procedure.
- Door #2 clue: If there is a -ck at the end of a word, there is only one vowel in the word.
- After the children unscramble their words, have a child write rock and dock on the whiteboard while you point out the spelling.
- The third door:
- Repeat the above procedure.
- Door #3 clue: The one vowel will always be right next to the -ck ending.
- After the children unscramble their words, point to the different vowels.
- Write block and black on the whiteboard and point out that no matter what the vowel is, the vowel will always be right next to the -ck ending.
- Observe the words on the whiteboard and discuss what is the same and what is different about all of the words.
- Discuss with the children why black does not belong with the other words (i.e., the vowel is different) and erase it.
Write words from context
- Erase the words on the board and have the children make a list of -ock words on a piece of paper for Mother Alphabet.
- Have the children write words as you say them: lock, sock, rock, dock, and block.
- Let the children add more -ock words to their lists if they want to do so.
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.
Unlock the Lock