Run towards the Sun

Run towards the Sun
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Objective

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

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Target Words:

  • run
  • sun
  • fun

Materials:

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

Overview 
The children will play "sun towards the sun" as they practice adding sounds to the -un ending to make words such as run, fun, and sun

Literacy Activities
Play "run towards 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 towards 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.
  • When the children get to the sun have them shout, "Let's have fun in the sun!"  

More Practice

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Have the children form two lines facing each other.
  • Have one line be the beginning letter line, and have the other be the -un line.
  • Have the children in the beginning letter line grab a letter card from a basket of letter cards.
  • Give each child in the other line an -un ending card.
  • Have the first child in the beginning letter line to shout out their letter, and then have the child in the other line directly across from them should out the -un ending.
  • Then have both children say the word they created.
  • Move along the lines until all the children have helped create a word. 

Write about the activity using target words

  • Give each child a large piece of wax paper and 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. 

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

Materials

  • Sun graphic 
  • Word blending cards 

Activity: It's Fun to Run towards the Sun

  • Tape the sun graphic to a wall and place the word cards in a bag.
  • Have your child stand opposite to the sun graphic.
  • Take turns with your child 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, run four steps toward the sun.
    • If the word does not end with -un, take one step toward the sun. 
  • The first person to reach the sun will shout, "Run towards the sun!" and anyone behind him or her should run towards 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

Standards

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.

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