five little ducks get stuck
Read and write words that end with -uck.
- Apron (optional)
- 6 duck masks
- 6 craft sticks
- Five Little Ducks song
- Letter cards
- Sticky notes
- 3x5 index card
The children will pretend to be stuck ducks while they read and write words ending with -uck. Such as: duck, stuck, muck, pluck and yuck.
Stuck in the muck
- Cut out and attach each duck mask to a craft stick.
- Teach the children the Five Little Ducks song.
- 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.
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Let the children make a target word (e.g. duck) from letter cards 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.
- 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
Five Little Ducks Get Stuck Song
SEEL At Home
Read and write words ending with -uck.
- Duck graphics (cut out) and Five Little Ducks song
- 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).
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/.)
Five Little Ducks Get Stuck