My Dog Slurps and Burps


Read and write words with the r-controlled vowel spelling -ur (e.g., slurp, burp, fur).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Picture of a dog or toy dog
  • Bowl or water dish
  • Dog bone word cards 
  • Letter cards for blending and manipulating words 
  • My Dog Slurps and Burps target text 

The children will act out a story where a dog slurps and burps. They will also 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.
  • Have the children act out the text using a picture of a dog and a water dish:
    • Make slurping noises and pretend that the dog slurps water from a dish.
    • 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

  • Show the children the dog bone word cards.
  • Let the children read the words on the cards and place them near the dog that slurps and burps.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending letter cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowels or either of the 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

  • Engage the children in reading the target text My Dog Slurps and Burps together with the group. 
  • Have the children make a list of the words spelled with -ur.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: slurp, burp, turn, fur, blur

SEEL Target Texts

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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 watch my dog slurp and burp!



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.

2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.