Piggyback to a 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
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.
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; sack → snack; hack → sack; lack → rack
- Changing the vowel: pack → peck; sack → sock; lack → lick; track → truck
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).
SEEL Target Texts
What Can Piggyback Dolls Do?
Step on tracks
Step over cracks
Eat a snack
Get back on track
Piggyback dolls can do a lot of things!
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)
Piggyback to a Shack