Snack Sack
Target text


Read and write words that blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ack.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • snack
  • sack
  • pack
  • stack
  • black


  • White paper
  • Black crayons or markers 
  • Snacks (e.g., pretzels, graham crackers)
  • Word-building cards
  • Word cards 
  • Whiteboards
  • Make a Snack Sack target text
  • Stack, Pack, and Smack target text

The children will make black sacks to pack a snack and read and write words that end in -ack, such as snack, pack, sack, stack, and black.

Literacy Activities
Make a black snack sack

  • Help the children make a sack.
    • Give each child a rectangle of white paper.
    • Help them fold their papers in half horizontally.
    • Have the children tape or staple two of the three remaining sides, leaving one side open to be the opening for the sack.
  • Give the children black crayons or markers and have them write black snack sack on their sacks.
  • Have the children color their sacks black while being careful to not color on top of the words.
  • Have the children read the word cards and then pack the cards in their black sack.

Stack and pack a snack 

  • Explain to the children that if they want their sacks to be snack sacks, they must unpack the word cards to make room for the snacks.
    • Ask the children to unpack the word cards and read each card as they unpack it. 
    • Have them stack the word cards.
  • Give the children some snacks.
  • Let the children play with their snacks by stacking the snacks and then smacking the stack to knock it over.
  • Ask the children to crack their snacks into pieces.
  • Once the children have finished playing with their snacks, have them pack the snacks in their black snack sacks.
  • When the children have finished the activity, let them eat the snacks.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds 

  • Have the children make a target word (e.g., pack) from the word-building cards, and then let them make different words by changing the beginning consonant(s)or the vowel.
    • Change the beginning consonant(s): packtack; stackrack; snackback
    • Change the vowel: packpeck; tacktick; sacksock
  • For each of the words that the children make, have them produce the individual sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into the word.

Read target words in a text

  • Read the Make a Snack Sack target text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the text with you.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ack in the text.
  • Repeat with the Stack, Pack and Smack target text, if desired.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Have the children write words on a whiteboard as you read them aloud, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word (e.g., backpacksacksicksit).
  • Help the children write a sentence about a snack (e.g., “I like my snack.” “My snack is in a black sack.”).


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SEEL Target Texts

Make a Snack Sack

Here’s a snack!  
It’s a snack we can stack.
It’s a snack we can pack.
What do we lack to pack the snack?
We lack a sack where we can pack the snack.
Let’s make a sack to pack a snack.
Let’s make a black snack sack.
It’s fun to pack a snack in a black snack sack!

Stack, Pack, and Smack

What snack can we pack in the snack sack?
Let’s pack a snack that can stack.
Let’s pack a snack that can crack.
Let’s stack and pack a snack in our sack.
What can we do with a snack in a sack?
We can give the sack a smack
And hear the snack crack.
Now the snacks can’t stack.
But we can still eat the snack in the sack.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.