Five Little Ducks Get Stuck

Objective

Read and write words that end with -uck.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • duck
  • stuck
  • muck
  • pluck
  • yuck

Materials:

  • Apron (optional)
  • 6 duck masks (see below) —cut out and attach each one to a craft stick
  • 6 craft sticks
  • Five Little Ducks song (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Sticky notes
  • 3x5 index card

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will pretend to be stuck ducks while they read and write words ending with -uck. Such as: duck, stuck, muck, pluck and yuck.

Practice the skill within an activity
Stuck in the muck

  • Cut out and attach each duck mask to a craft stick.
  • Teach the children the Five Little Ducks song (see below).
  • Give six children duck masks and designate one of them to be the mother duck (with the apron).
  • Have the six "ducks" act out the Five Little Ducks song as the rest of the children sing.
  • Explain that when a duck in the song gets stuck, one of the ducks needs to sit down and pretend to be stuck.
  • Invite other children to pretend to be the ducks and get stuck.

Apply the skill
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Let the children make a target word (e.g. duck) from letter cards (see below) and then let them make different words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel.
    • Change the beginning sound(s): duck muck; yuck → duck; stuck  pluck
    • Change the vowel: duck  deck; stuck  stack
    • Change the ending sound(s): muck  mug; pluck  plum; duck  dust
  • For each of the words the children make, have them produce the sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into a word.

Read target words in a text

  • Have the children underline words that end in -uck in the Five Little Ducks song (see below).
  • Read the lyrics to the children and then engage them in reading the lyrics with you.
  • Read the lyrics with the children again while fading support.

Write about the activity using target words and phrases

  • Read words from a flip-book.
    • Write one letter or letter blend on each page of a stack of sticky notes (e.g., d, y, m, l, b), staple the sticky notes on the left side of a 3x5 index card, and write -uck on the index card to the right of the sticky notes to create a flip-book.
    • Have the children say the beginning sound from the sticky note, read -uck from the index card, and then blend the two parts together to read the word.
    • Help the children write a simple sentence using the words from the flip-book (e.g., The duck got stuck in the muck).

SEEL Target Texts

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Five Little Ducks Get Stuck Song

Five little ducks played in the muck. 
They jumped in muck and one got stuck.
When Mother Duck said,
“Now come home, ducks!”
Four little ducks got out of the muck.
 
Four little ducks played in the muck.
They jumped in muck and one got stuck.
When Mother Duck said,
“Now come home, ducks!”
Three little ducks got out of the muck.
 
Three little ducks played in the muck.
They jumped in muck and one got stuck.
When Mother Duck said,
“Now come home, ducks!”
Two little ducks got out of the muck.
 
Two little ducks played in the muck.
They jumped in muck and one got stuck.
When Mother Duck said,
“Now come home, ducks!”
One little duck got out of the muck.
 
One little duck played in the muck.
He jumped in muck and he got stuck.
When Mother Duck said,
“Now come home, ducks!”
No little ducks got out of the muck.
 
Sad Mother Duck went to get her ducks,
All her ducks were stuck in muck!
So Mother Duck went
Pluck, pluck, pluck!
She plucked those ducks right out of the muck.

Printouts

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Objective
Read and write words ending with -uck.

Materials 

  • Duck graphics (cut out) and Five Little Ducks song (see below)
  • A little booklet (one sheet of paper cut into fourths and stapled together like a book). 

Activity: Five Little Ducks Get Stuck

  • Designate a spot on the table or the floor to be the "muck" where the ducks get stuck.  
  • Sing the Five Little Ducks song with your child, acting it out with the duck graphics.
  • Read the Five Little Ducks song with your child and have him or her underline words ending with -uck.  
  • Display a list of -uck words and have your child write 2 or 3 sentences about ducks that get stuck. 
  • Have your child copy the sentences onto the pages of the booklet and illustrate the story (optional). 
 

Lyrics

 

Standards

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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/.)

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