Rock by the Sock

Rock by the Sock
Target text


Read and write words ending in –ock.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • sock
  • block
  • rock
  • clock
  • lock


  • ock Picture Block (cut out and assemble)
  • Picture cards
  • Small rocks
  • Tally Sheet
  • Word blending cards
  • Rock on a Sock target text

The children will play a game where they roll a block and toss a rock while they read and write words ending in –ock such as block, lock, sock, and rock.

Literacy Activities
Roll a block and toss a rock

  • Set the pictures in a 2X2 grid on the floor and have the children sit around them.
  • Choose 1 child to roll the block and read the –ock word it landed on, then have all of children mark a tally under that word on their Tally Sheets.
  • Choose 4 or 5 children to toss a small rock onto the corresponding image on the floor. The person who gets the rock the closest wins.
  • Repeat, choosing different children to roll the block and toss a rock each time.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel:
    • sock flock; clock block; lock rock
    • sock  sack; clock cluck; lock lick
    • lock  lot; flock floss; rock rod

Read and write target words

  • Read the Rock on a Sock target text to the class, and have the children clap each time they hear a word that ends in –ock.
  • Make a list of –ock words from the target text on the board.
  • Read the list together as a class.
  • Ask the children what letters are the same in every word on the list.

SEEL Target Texts

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Rock on a Sock

I have a rock.
I put my rock on a sock.
I have a rock.
I put my rock on a lock.
I have a rock.
I put my rock on a block.
I have a rock.
I put my rock on a clock.
I cannot see a sock, lock, block, or clock.
They are under a rock!
Activity:  Have a sheet with different -ock words and other previously introduced target words written on it. Give each student a small rock. Call out an -ock word and have a student find the word and place their rock on it.


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words ending in -ock.


  • -ock Word Block
  • Picture cards
  • Tally sheet and pencil
  • Small rocks (one for each player)

Activity: Rock by the Sock

  • Place the picture cards in a 2X2 grid on the floor.
  • Take turns rolling the block and saying the name of the picture it landed on.
  • Have all players try to throw their rock to land on the same picture on the floor. The person whose rock gets closest wins that round and gets to make a tally on the Rock by the Sock Tally Sheet in the correct column. 
  • Repeat as many times as desired.
  • Underneath the tally marks, help your child write sentences about the game (e.g.; A sock was on the block 5 times). 
  • Have your child circle the -ock words in their sentences and read the -ock words to you.ock-block
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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/.)