get mud off socks

Get Mud Off Socks

Get Mud Off Socks
Target text


Read a text with short-vowel words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • Got
  • Bin
  • Mud
  • Sock
  • Spin


  • A bowl to be a clothes washer bin
  • A little water (optional)
  • Brown paper to be mud, brown washable markers, or a little real mud
  • Paper* or real socks 
  • Paper* or cloth pants (just a small outline cut out of fabric)
  • I Got Mud On My Socks! text*

*Items included below.


State and Model the Objective

Tell the children they will be washing socks and pants, and will read a text that uses short vowel sounds.

Literacy Activities

Read I Got Mud On My Socks! target text together 

  • (Note: The word “wash” does not follow the short-a pattern. Make sure to point out this word as an exception. Consider reading it yourself when it appears in the text.)
  • Engage children in shared reading of I Got Mud On My Socks! (see below).
  • Have the children act out portions of the text (e.g., walk in place, act like their clothes got dirty, wipe off “mud,” pretend to take off socks and wash them).
  • Have the children read the text again, fading support as appropriate.

Get socks muddy

  • Put old socks over the children’s hands; tell them to pretend their hands are feet.
  • Let the children pretend to step in mud.
  • Place “mud” on socks and pants using brown paper "spots,” marker, or a little real mud.
  • Wash socks and pants
    • Introduce a bowl that will be the bin of a washing machine.
    • Let the children pretend to spin the socks and pants in the bin.

Change words with short vowel sounds

  • Use letter cards (see below) to help children spell words from the lesson (e.g., mud, got, sock, bin, spin).
  • Allow children to change the vowel sounds in each word.
  • Ask the children if the word they made is a real word or a silly word.
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SEEL Target Texts

I Got Mud on My Socks!

I stepped in mud.
What a mess!
I got a lot of mud on my socks.
I got a lot of mud on my pants.
I want to get rid of the mud
On my socks and pants.
I will wash my socks and pants.
I put my socks and my pants in the washer’s bin.
I put suds in the bin.
The socks and the pants sit in the bin. 
The water goes in.
Then I let the socks and pants spin in the bin.
I let them spin and slosh in the suds in the bin.
My socks and pants are wet.
The washer spins out the water.
And the socks and pants are not so wet.
I take out the socks.
I take out the pants.
My socks do not have mud on them.
And my pants do not have mud on them!


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