my dog slurps and burps

My Dog Slurps and Burps

My Dog Slurps and Burps
Target text


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling -ur.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • fur
  • burp
  • turn
  • blur
  • burn
  • curb
  • slurp


  • Dog graphic or toy dog
  • Water bowl
  • Signs with -ur
  • Long sock 
  • Long ears and tongue graphic
  • Dog-bone word cards 
  • Word-building cards 
  • My Dog Slurps and Burps target text 

State and Model the Objective
The children will act out a story where a dog slurps and burps and then read and write words spelled with -ur, such as burp, slurp, turn, fur, blur, burn, and curb.

Literacy Activities
See the dog slurp and burp

  • Read the My Dog Slurps and Burps target text to the children.
  • Have the children act out the text using the dog graphic and the water bowl:
    • Make slurping noises and pretend that a dog slurps water from the bowl.
    • Pretend that the dog burps and then slurps again.
    • Pretend that the dog gets water in his fur.
    • Laugh while watching the dog slurp and burp.
    • Take turns making the dog slurp and burp.

Find -ur words with the slurping, burping dog

  • Make a dog sock puppet by using the long sock and the long ears and tongue graphics.
  • Introduce the children to your slurping, burping dog (sock puppet) who likes to slurp and burp words that have the -ur sound in them.
  • Help the children read the dog-bone word cards with you.
  • Let the children take turns reading a word card and then feeding the card to the dog while listening for the slurps and burps.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Have the children use the word-building cards to make new words by changing the vowels, the beginning consonants, or the end consonants:
    • Change the beginning sound(s): slurp→ burp; turn→ churn; fur→ blur
    • Change the vowel sound: fur→ for; turn→ torn; burn→ barn
    • Change the ending sound: curb→ curt; burp→ burn; blur→ blurt

Read target words in texts

  • Read the My Dog Slurps and Burps target text to the children and while pointing out the words with the    -ur sound.
  • Engage the children in reading the target text with you.
  • Give each of the children a -ur sign and explain that, when a -ur word is read, they should hold up their sign.
  • Read the target text together again while watching for raised cards and supporting as needed.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ur.
  • Ask them to write words as you say them: slurp, burp, turn, fur, blur.
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SEEL Target Texts

My Dog Slurps and Burps

My dog slurps and burps.  
He slurps his water.  
He slurps and slurps.
Then comes the burp.  
We can hear him slurp and burp: 
Slurp, burp
Slurp, burp.
Slurp, burp.
I laugh when I hear my dog slurp and burp!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.