stack on the track

Stack on the Track

Stack on the Track
Target text


Read and write words that end with -ack.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • stack
  • track
  • sack
  • snack
  • jack


  • A piece of toy train track or paper train track
  • Word cards
  • 4 blocks or 4 assembled paper blocks
  • Stack, Stack, Stack chant 
  • Letter cards

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will stack things on a train track and read and write words that end with -ack, such as stack, track, sack, snack, and jack. 

Literacy Activities
Stack on the track 

  • Before the activity, set out a piece of toy train track or a paper train track. 
  • Cut out and attach a word card to each block.
  • Teach the children the Stack, Stack, Stack chant.
  • Assign a block to each of 4 children and have them read the -ack word that is on their block. 
  • Have the children repeat the chant and, when called for, let the 4 children stack their blocks.
  • Repeat if desired, allowing other children to stack the blocks.

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds 

  • Let the children make different words from letter cards by changing a consonant or the vowel.
    • Change a beginning sound(s): sack  jack; stack  track; snack  stack 
    • Change the vowel sound: sack  sock; stack  stuck; track  trick
    • Change an ending sound(s): jack  jar; stuck  stub; track  trap 

Read target words in a text 

  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ack in the Stack, Stack, Stack chant. 
  • Read the chant to the children. 
  • Engage the children in reading the chant simultaneously with you. 
  • Read the chant again, fading support. 

Write about the activity using target words and phrases 

  • Display target words on a word wall (i.e., stack, track, sack, snack, jack) and then engage the children in one of the following: 
    • Re-read the target text and permit the children to write their own version of the text. 
    • Have the children write a sentence or two expressing ideas from the lesson activity or target text (e.g., I can stack a sack on a track).
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SEEL Target Texts

Stack, Stack, Stack

Stack some things on a track.
Stack, stack, stack a sack.
Stack a sack on a track.
Stack, stack, stack a snack. 
Stack a snack on a track.
Stack, stack, stack some jacks.
Stack some jacks on a track.
Stack, stack, stack some tacks.
Stack some tacks on a track.
Stack lots of things on a track.  

Stack Things on a Track

Stack things on a track.
Stack a sack on the track.
Add a snack to the stack on the track.
Add a jack to the stack on the track.
Add a tack to the stack on the track.
Stack, stack, stack, stack. 
Now there is a sack, a snack, a jack, and a tack in the stack on the track.
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SEEL At Home



Read and write words that end with -ack. 


  • Word cards and Train Track graphic 
  • Tape and 4 blocks or books
  • Stack on the Track target text 

Activity: Stack, Stack, Stack

  • Attach a word card to each of the four blocks or books using tape. 
  • Read the Stack on the Track target text to your child. 
  • Reread the text as your child stacks the -ack blocks or books on the train track when the text calls for them.   
  • Take turns removing a book from the stack and reading the -ack word on it, emphasizing how each word ends with -ack.
  • Repeat the activity as desired.
  • Have your child think of an -ack word to write on the back of the track or on a sack, supporting as needed.


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