Target text
Quick! Pick up Sticks!


Read and write words that end with -ick.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • pick
  • stick
  • flick
  • quick


  • Craft sticks or Pick Up Sticks
  • Small sticks (twigs) from a branch cut or broken in various lengths
  • Timer (optional)
  • Letter cards
  • How to Play Pick Up Sticks target text
  • Playing Pick Up Sticks target text
  • Quick! Pick Up Sticks target text
  • Try Not to Get the Short Stick target text


The children will play a pick up sticks game while they read and write words that end with -ick such as stick, pick, trick, click, chick, and quick.

Literacy Activities
Play Pick Up Sticks

  • Read the target text How to Play Pick Up Stick with the children, pointing out that pick and stick both end in -ick.
  • Tell the children they will follow the instructions in the text and play the Pick Up Sticks game.
  • Hold 5 to 10 craft sticks in a bunch vertically against the floor and let them fall.
  • Have the children try to pick up the sticks one by one without moving another stick.
  • Play another game where the children flick sticks onto the floor and see how quickly they can pick up the sticks.
  • Ask the children to recall all the words that end in -ick that they heard and write them on a word wall.

Play Who Will Get the Shortest Stick?

  • Read the target text Who Will Get the Short Stick? with the children.
  • Tell the children they will follow the instructions in the text to play the game.
  • Hold sticks of varying lengths in your fist so that all the sticks appear to be the same length.
  • Have the children each choose a stick.
  • Let the children compare the lengths of the sticks to see who chose the shortest stick, the longest stick, and sticks of equal length.

More Practice
Read target words in a text

  • Read the Quick! Pick Up Sticks target text together with the children and then again, fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ick.
  • Repeat with the target text Pick Up Sticks.

Blend, segment, and spell

  • With letter cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound: pick kick; tick lick; stick trick
    • Change the middle sound: stick stack; trick truck; click clack; lick lock

Write target words/patterns

  • Have the children label craft sticks with –ick words (i.e., pick, stick, flick, quick, lick, tick, kick). Repeat the Pick Up Sticks game using the labeled sticks. Have the children read the word on each stick they pick up.

SEEL Target Texts

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Try Not to Get the Short Stick

Pick a stick to see who gets the short stick.
Pick a stick.
Pick a stick.
Pick a stick.
Check to see who got the short stick.
Now pick again!
Check to see who got the short stick now.           
Quick! Pick up sticks!

Quick! Pick Up Sticks

Quick.  Quick.
Pick up sticks.
Pick up.  Pick up.
Pick up sticks.
Lick-ity split.
Pick up sticks.
Quick!  Quick!

Playing Pick Up Sticks

Let some sticks drop.
Try to pick up a stick.    
But do not move another stick.
Did you pick up a stick?
How many sticks did you pick up?
Now let a friend try to pick up a stick.

How to Play Pick Up Sticks

Here is how you play pick up sticks.
Drop the sticks.
Try to pick up one stick.
Do not move another stick.
Pick up a stick.
Pick up a stick.
Pick up a stick.
How many sticks can you pick up?



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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

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/.)