The Black Backpack

The Black Backpack
Target text


Read and write words that end in -ack.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • black
  • back
  • pack
  • track
  • snack


  • Black backpack or picture of a backpack
  • Train track 
  • Picture cards or real objects 
  • Letter cards
  • Brittle snacks to crack (i.e. crackers, pretzels)
  • Black crayons
  • Small pieces of paper 
  • Black Backpack target text 

The children will help pack a black backpack as they read and write words that end in -ack, such as track, snack, black, back, and pack.

Literacy Activities
Pack a black backpack

  • Give each child a picture card or object.
  • Take turns packing the black backpack with the -ack items while everyone says, “Pack a ___ in the black backpack.”
  • When you have finished packing, tell the children they are ready to go on their train trip and travel on a train track.
  • Set out the train track on the floor then form a line and pretend to be in a train on a track.
  • Make a train sound using the -ack word ending (e.g., “ack-ack-ack-ack, ack-ack-ack-ack,” etc.) while traveling in the train on the track.

Crack a snack from a black backpack

  • Pack snacks (use snacks like pretzels or crackers that are brittle enough to crack) in a black backpack to get ready for a trip in a train on a track.
  • Stack the snacks inside the pack.
  • Form a line and pretend to be in a train on a track.
  • Unpack the snacks from the black backpack while traveling on the track.
  • Tell the children that you lack enough snacks for everyone to have a snack (explain that lack means to not have enough of something) so they will have to crack the snacks and share.
  • Crack the snacks from the black backpack and share with everyone who is riding in the train on the track.
  • Ask the children what words they heard in the activity that end with -ack and make a list of them on the board.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With  the letter cards have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • pack → back, rack → jack, track → smack, snack → black
    • pack → pat, back → bat → ban, smack → small → smash
    • pack → peck → pick, track → trick →truck, back →buck

Read target words in a text

  • Read the text Black Backpack together as a class/group.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ack.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Play a “pass the backpack” game with children.
    • Have the children sit in a circle and take turns passing the black backpack.
    • As the children get the backpack, have them say a new word that ends in -ack.
    • Write each new word on the board.
    • Repeat the game, but this time, have the children write each word on a small piece of paper with a black crayon then stack each new word on the backpack.
  • Give the children paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: pack, back, stack, snack, rack, tack, jack
  • Give the children a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word: back, pack, lack, slack, snack, stack, tack, rack, sack, jack
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SEEL Target Texts

Black Backpack

I pack my black backpack for a trip on a train on a track.
I pack a jack inside my black backpack.
I pack a tack inside my black backpack.
I pack a rack inside my black backpack.
I pack a snack inside my black backpack.
I pack and stack things in my black backpack.
I get on the train and ride on the track.
I hear the train on the track say “ack, ack, ack!”
I want a snack while I ride in the train on the track.
I unpack a snack from my black backpack.
I crack a snack and share with my friend Jack.
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SEEL At Home


Read and write words that end in –ack (e.g., black).


  • Picture cards (cut out and placed around a room)
  • Backpack
  • Snacks to crack (optional)
  • Paper and pencil

Activity: The Backpack

  • Have your child search for the picture cards you have placed around a room.
  • When your child finds a picture card, place it in the backpack saying, "Pack a ___ in the backpack!"
  • After all the picture/word cards have been found, help your child make a list of the items in their backpack and read the list together.
  • With your child, eat a snack that cracks (e.g., chips, pretzels--optional).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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