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The Two Voices of the ow Spelling Pattern

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 30-minute sessions; easily adapted to use in learning center or as partner activities
Lesson Author

Elizabeth Goldsmith-Conley

Champaign, Illinois


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • At least one computer with Internet access
  • Blank index cards
  • Chart paper
  • Copies of the nursery rhyme "Little Boy Blue"
  • One notebook for each student

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Prepare a set of eight index cards for each pair of students. Each card in the set displays a single word. Four cards contain ow words that have the same /ow/ sound as low. Four cards contain ow words that have the same /ow/ sound as wow. The following list of words can be used:

row cow
flow now
throw how
crow brown
low frown
know towel
mow owl
shadow crown

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