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Learning About Word Families with Click, Clack, Moo

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Learning About Word Families with Click, Clack, Moo

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 20-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cherie Walters

Clovis, California


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

  • Chart paper and markers

  • Highlighting tape

  • Whiteboard, chalkboard, or magnetic board and letters

  • Websites

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1. Determine three or four stopping points in the book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type to use during the first read aloud in Session 1. Mark these places in the text with sticky notes. You may choose to focus on vocabulary words, illustrations, or concepts.
  • You might stop at the place in the book where the farmer reacts to the note that reads, "Sorry. We're closed. No milk today." Talk with students about the farmer's shadow on the wall. What does that mean? What do the cows want? What does it mean to go on strike?

  • Another stopping point might be when the duck takes the cow's note to the farmer. Discuss what it means to be a neutral party, and also what the word ultimatum means.

  • Consider also stopping when the ducks write their note to the farmer. Talk about why this ending is funny and why the ducks would write "Click, clack, quack" instead of "Click, clack, moo."
2. Prepare the five typed notes from Farmer Brown and the animals in large print on chart or poster paper. Make sure that the words are large and clear enough so that each student will be able to see the words from his or her seat in the classroom.

3. Gather highlighting tape, a magnetic board and letters, and a whiteboard with dry-erase markers. Make sure that students will be able to easily see these materials from where they are sitting in the classroom. It's important for students to be able to see as you write the word family words and change the first letter to create new words.

4. Access the Magnetic Letter/Word Game and create your own Word Bank. Type in the word families /-ear/, /-ow/, /-old/, /-ight/, /-en/, /-end/, /-ill/, /-ond/, and /-ite/. Type in the beginning letters b, br, c, ch, d, dr, f, fl, g, gr, h, k, l, m, n, p, pl, qu, r, s, sk, sp, t, th, thr, w, and wh. Save the webpage when you are finished.

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