piggyback to a shack

Piggyback to a Shack

Piggyback to a Shack
Target text


Read and write words that end in –ack.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • back
  • pack
  • sack
  • track
  • snack
  • shack


  • Paper dolls or regular dolls and stuffed animals
  • Animal track graphics
  • Shack sign
  • Word blending cards
  • Sentence Frames
  • What Can Piggyback Dolls Do? target text

The children will ride piggyback to get to a shack and read and write words ending with –ack, such as back, track, snack, pack, and sack

Literacy Activities
Give a piggyback ride to a shack

  • Before the activity, put the shack sign on a wall, and make a trail of animal tracks on the floor leading up to the wall.
  • Using the paper dolls, show the children how one doll can ride piggyback on the other doll’s back.
  • Let the children take turns giving a doll or stuffed animal a piggyback ride.
  • Make a list of several different things that the children can pretend to do using –ack words:
    • Ride piggyback along the animal tracks.
    • Get back on track as you piggyback.
    • Piggyback to a shack.
    • Stop for a snack at the shack.
    • Save a snack in a sack.
  • Ask the children to raise their hand when they see/hear an -ack word as you read the different actions aloud together.
  • Have the children get into groups of two and give each group a paper doll, real doll, or stuffed animal.
  • Let one child tell the other child to do an -ack action as he piggybacks his doll to the shack (i.e., Ride piggyback along the animal tracks; Don't step on a track.)
  • Have the children switch roles several times, giving each other directions until they get to the shack.
  • When the children get to the shack, tell them to walk back-to-back with their partner and follow the animal tracks back.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the beginning consonant sounds or the vowel:
    • Changing the beginning consonant: back pack; sacksnack; hack sack; lackrack
    • Changing the vowel: pack → peck; sack → sock; lacklick; tracktruck

Read target words in a text

  • Display the What Can Piggyback Dolls Do? target text large enough for the children to see.
  • Read the target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you (support as needed).
  • Read the text with the children again, fading support.
  • Have the children take turns underlining the words that end in -ack, then create a word wall of the -ack words.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Engage the children in interactive writing about their experience by providing sentence frames and letting the children fill in the missing words (using a word wall, if desired).
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SEEL Target Texts

What Can Piggyback Dolls Do?

Piggyback dolls can…
Ride piggyback
Walk back-to-back
Step on tracks
Step over cracks
Eat a snack
Get back on track
Piggyback dolls can do a lot of things!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.