quick! pick up sticks!

Quick! Pick up Sticks!

Quick! Pick up Sticks!
Target text


Read and write words that end with -ick.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • pick
  • stick
  • quick
  • flick



  • Craft sticks or pick up sticks game
  • Small sticks broken in various lengths
  • Timer (optional) 
  • Word-building cards*
  • Play Pick Up Sticks target text*
  • Who Gets the Short Stick? target text*
  • Quick! Pick Up Sticks target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they 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
Pick Up Sticks

  • Read the text Play Pick Up Sticks (see below).
  • 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.

Who Will Get the Shortest Stick?

  • Read the text Who Gets the Short Stick? (see below).
  • 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.

Read target words in a text

  • Read the text Quick! Pick Up Sticks (see below) together with the group and then again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ick.

Blend, segment, and spell

  • With word-building cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound: pickkick; ticklick; sticktrick
    • Change the middle sound: stickstack; tricktruck; clickclack; licklock

Write target words/patterns

  • Have the children label craft sticks with -ick words (e.g., 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.
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SEEL Target Texts

Quick! Pick Up Sticks

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

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?

Who Gets the Short Stick?

We get to pick a stick.
Who will get the short stick?
Pick a stick.
Pick a stick.
Pick a stick.
Did you get the short stick?
Pick again!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.