What Happened to Mrs. Southard?

We have been learning about the vowel pattern ou and ow this week.  Today, I decided to spice it up a bit and throw in something fun.  I created this quick and fun little unit.
 Before my students came in for the day, I hid these clues around the room.

Then I put a Band-Aid on my forehead.
{You can't see it very well.  I had one of my students take a picture.}

{I think that wrapping a bandage around your head would be even better though.  I will do that next year.}
I told the kids that they needed to use the clues to find out what had happened to me.  I passed out a prediction sheet to each student.
 After we read a clue {all containing ou and ow words} the students made a prediction about what they think happened to me.  Most of them started with "You fell down."  One student thought a pizza man ran me over. {Maybe that was wishful thinking on his part. Lol!}
As we collected each clue, I hung them on the board and wrote the ou and ow words.

After we read all of the clues, the students had to retell the story using as many ou and ow words as they could.
It was a lot of fun.  It allowed us to review our vowel patterns while also giving the students a chance to work on making predictions and retelling.
After the lesson, I gave each student their own Band-Aid to wear that I had written ou and ow with a Sharpie.

You can check out this lesson by clicking below.


  1. So cute! I love the bandaids. Awesome idea.

    Tangled with Teaching

  2. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!
    What did happen to you???? :) Ha!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  3. Love the creativity! One of my students put a bandaid on his face today...I couldn't help but laugh!

  4. I think you nailed it! You totally drove the concept home!!

  5. I LOVE that! I already taught that concept this year---I'll have to remember it for next!

    Rulin' the Roost

  6. Great idea! Very cute :)


  7. So cute! Wish this was posted on Monday...we JUST finished our ou ow study this week, and are testing tomorrow :( Guess there's always next year!


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  9. What a fun day for your kids! Love the creativity!! I am posting some of my recently spelling activities tomorrow, including our ou/ow activities. I love adding to what I already have. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. What a cute idea! I just finished with ou and ow and had a band aid on all day for it, but just found this. I will make sure I do all of this next year! Thanks for sharing!
    Teaching Little Miracles


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