Hug a Hiding Bug
- Several plastic bugs (or bug graphics)
- Mug, jug, and rug
- Word-blending cards
- Meet My Bug target text
- Small whiteboards and markers (or paper and pencils)
- Book: Hug a Bug by Eileen Spinelli (optional)
The children will look for bugs to hug and add sounds to the -ug ending to make words such as rug, jug, bug, and mug.
- Read Hug a Bug by Eileen Spinelli (optional).
- Choose one child to leave the room.
- Have another child hide a toy bug (or a bug graphic) somewhere in the room, and have the whole class pretend that the bug is lost.
- Encourage the child hiding the bug to hide it near an object that ends in -ug, such as a mug, rug, or jug.
- While the child hides the bug, ask the class, “Will ___ hide the bug near the mug? Near the jug?”
- Have the first child return to the room and search for the “lost” bug.
- As the child searches, have the rest of the children chant, “-ug, -ug, -ug!” getting louder as the child gets closer to the bug and softer as the child gets further away from the bug.
- When the bug is found, have everyone shout, “Hug a bug!” and then allow each student to give the bug a hug.
- Help the children use phrases with the -ug ending (e.g., “The bug likes your hug!” “Will the bug want a hug?” “That is a snug bug on a rug.”).
Read and write about the experience
- Using the word-blending cards, hold up a beginning consonant with the -ug ending and ask the children to read the word.
- Continue to switch the beginning consonants.
- Have the children write each word on their whiteboards or papers.
- Read the Meet My Bug target text together and then have the children take turns underlining the -ug words.
SEEL Target Texts
Meet My Bug
If you do, say, “Hi, bug!”
This is my bug.
Do you want to give my bug a hug?
If you do, say, “Hug bug!”
Hug my bug.
Do you want to make my bug snug?
If you do, say, “Snug bug!”
Do you want to make my bug snug in the mug?
Do you want to make my bug snug in the jug?
Do you want to make my bug snug on the rug?
Put my bug on the rug.
Let my bug get snug.
Now, give my bug on the rug a hug.
What a cute little snug bug!
SEEL At Home
Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ug to make words such as bug, jug, mug, and rug.
- Bug graphics
- Rug graphic
Activity: Hug a Bug
- Cut out the bug graphics and hide them around a room in your house.
- Pretend that the room is a forest full of lost bugs that need hugs.
- Have your child look for each bug, and whenever he or she finds a lost bug, shout together, “Hug a bug!” and give the bug a hug.
- Have your child put each bug he or she finds on the snug rug.
- After finding all the bugs, say a beginning consonant sound and have your child tell you what the -ug word would be for that sound (e.g., “/b/” “Bug!”).
- Continue to do this for different -ug words.
- Have your child write each -ug word on the back of each bug picture.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Hug a Hiding Bug