Stuck in Muck
- Muck (e.g., playdough, flour and water, chocolate pudding, mud, or ‘muck’ made from a recipe*)
- Tray, cookie sheet, or bowl
- Toy duck and truck, or pictures of ducks and trucks*
- Letter cards*
- A Duck and Truck Get Stuck target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will play with a duck and a truck in muck and will read and write words ending with uck, such as duck, muck, suck, yuck, stuck, and truck.
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Get a duck or truck stuck in the muck
- Prepare some muck with flour and water (add dirt if desired) or use the recipe below.
- Place a tray with muck on a table next to pictures of ducks and trucks (see below).
- Have the children read a word on a duck or truck picture.
- Let the children suck through a straw to pick up the duck or truck and stick it in the muck.
- Comment, “Yuck! Yuck! A duck (or truck) is stuck in the muck!”
Let a truck get a duck out of the muck
- Read the A Duck and Truck Get Stuck target text (see below) with the children.
- Let the children get a paper or toy duck and truck stuck in the muck.
- Have the children use the big paper truck to help get the stuck duck and truck out of the muck.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- Let the children make a word (e.g., duck) from letter cards.
- Have the children make different words by changing a consonant or vowel.
- Change the beginning sound(s): duck→ muck; suck→ yuck; muck→ duck
- Change the vowel sound: suck→ sick; duck→ deck; muck→ mock
- Change the ending sound(s): duck→ dug; suck→ sun; yuck→ yum
- Have the children produce the sounds for the letters in the words and blend them together.
Read target words in a text
- Have the children find the words that end in -uck in the A Duck and Truck Get Stuck text.
- Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
- Read the text again, fading support.
Write about the activity using target words and phrases
- Display target words on a word wall (e.g., duck, muck, suck, yuck, stuck, truck).
- Have the children write about a duck or truck getting stuck in muck and a big truck getting the duck or truck out of the muck.
SEEL Target Texts
A Duck and Truck Get Stuck
Mud or "muck" playdough recipe
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
add 1/2 cup water and knead.
SEEL At Home
Read and write words that end with -uck.
- Pretend muck (e.g., play-dough, flour and water, chocolate pudding, or muck)
- Muck recipe: Mix 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/3 cup cocoa powder; add 1/2 cup water and knead
- Tray, bowl, or cookie sheet for the muck
- Drinking straw
- Duck pictures*
*Item included below.
Activity: Stuck in Muck
- Place a tray of muck on a table, surrounded by the paper ducks.
- Ask your child to choose a paper duck and read the word written on it.
- Have your child suck through a straw to pick up the paper duck and drop it in the muck as he or she says, "Yuck! A duck! A duck is stuck in the muck!"
- Take turns doing the activity until all the ducks are in the muck.
- Have your child draw a picture of a duck stuck in muck and write a sentence or two about the duck by using words from the paper duck pictures (e.g., "The duck got stuck in the muck").
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/).
Stuck in Muck