Running to the Sun


Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with  -un to make words such as run, fun, and sun.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • run
  • sun
  • fun


  • Sun graphic (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Wax paper (optional)
  • Yellow, orange, and red paint (optional)
  • Paper towels (optional)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will play "run to the sun" as they practice add sounds to the -un ending to make words such as run, fun, and sun

Practice the skill within an activity

Play "run the sun"

  • Divide the children into groups of six to seven. 
  • Have one group of children play at a time.
  • Hang the picture of the sun on one wall and have the children line up by the other wall.
  • Hold up three letter cards to form an -un word or a non -un word and have the children read it.
  • If the word ends with -un have all the children shout out, "Run to the sun!" and allow the children to run four steps toward the sun. If the word does not end with -un allow the children to take only one step.
  • Whoever gets to the sun first shouts, "Run to the sun!"  All the children in the group should then run to the sun.

Apply the skill (choose from the following) 

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their shoulder (beginning sound), their elbow (middle sound) and fingers (ending sound) then clap to say the whole word (e.g. /c/ tap shoulder, /a/ tap elbow, /t/ tap fingers = cat clap hands). Point out that all of the words have the -un sound at the end of the word. 
    • /b/ /u/ /n/ = bun
    • /s/ /u/ /n/ = sun
    • /r/ /u/ /n/ = run
    • /f/ /u/ /n/ = fun

Write about the activity using target words

  • Give each child a large piece of wax paper. Squirt a combination of yellow, orange, and/or red paint on each child's paper. 
  • Have the children finger paint a sun and use their fingers to write words ending with -un in the middle of the sun. Give the children paper towels to wipe their fingers


SEEL At Home

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Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with  -un to make words such as run, fun, and sun.


  • Sun graphic (taped to a wall)
  • Word blending cards (cut out and put in a bag)

Activity: It's Fun to Run to the Sun

  • Stand opposite the sun graphic. Have your child and you take turns choosing a beginning, middle, and end sound card from the bag and reading them together (e.g., s + u + n = sun).
  • If the word you draw ends with -un, you may run four steps toward the sun. If the word does not end with -un, you may take one step toward the sun. 
  • The first person to reach the sun shouts, "Run to the sun!" and anyone behind him or her should run to the sun.
  • Together recall the -un words from the activity and any other -un words you can think of.
  • Have your child write these -un words inside the sun picture. Have him or her identify and underline the beginning sound and -un ending in each word.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.sun-graphic-and-word-blending-cards


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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)