mix and pick sticks

Mix and Pick Sticks

Mix and Pick Sticks
Target text


Read and write short-i vowel words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • mix
  • big
  • pick
  • stick
  • quick


  • Craft sticks
  • Pink crayon or marker
  • Mix the Sticks target text*
  • Play Pick up Sticks target text*

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will mix and pick up sticks and that they will read and write short-i vowel words, such as mix, big, pick, stick, and quick.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

  • Show the children the short-i target words.
  • Read the target words with the children.

Mix sticks

  • Read the Mix the Sticks target text (see below) with the children.
  • Give each of the children a craft stick and let them draw on it with a pink crayon or marker.
  • Have the children label their stick (e.g., Big Stick, Pink Stick).
  • Let the children take turns mixing up the sticks and picking a stick.
  • Ask the children, “What stick did you pick?”

Play pick up sticks

  • Read the Play Pick Up Sticks target text (see below) with the children.
  • Have the children hold several sticks in their hands.
  • Let the children take turns dropping the sticks and picking one up.

Write sentences using target words and phrases

  • Tell the children to write short sentences using target words.
    • I will pick a ____ (stick).
    • Did you ____   (pick) up a stick?
    • I will ____ (mix) the sticks.
    • My stick is ____  (big).
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SEEL Target Texts

Mix the Sticks

Mix the sticks.
Pick a stick.
What stick did you pick?
Did you pick a pink stick?
Did you pick a big stick?
Pick a stick.
Did you pick a stick with pink on it?
Did you pick a stick that is big?
What stick did you pick?

Play Pick up Sticks

Get some sticks.
Put the sticks in your hand.
Let the sticks drop.
Pick a stick to pick up.
Pick up just one stick.
Do not let the other sticks move.
Did you get just one stick?

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