A Stick Bug and a Click Bug

A Stick Bug and a Click Bug
Target text


Read and write words that end with -ick.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • click
  • stick
  • tick
  • pick
  • quick
  • trick


  • Popsicle sticks (or craft sticks) and real sticks
  • Click bug and stick bug graphics
  • Blue construction paper
  • Brown construction paper strips
  • Green construction paper leaves (large enough to write on)
  • A Click Bug and a Stick Bug target text
  • A Bug Can Look Like a Stick target text
  • Information page about stick bugs and click bugs (optional)
  • Links to information about click bugs and stick bugs

The children will learn about a click bug and a stick bug as they read and write words that end with -ick, such as stick, pick, click, and quick.

Literacy Activities
Make click bugs do a trick

  • Show pictures of a stick bug and a click bug and write the words stick and click on the board, pointing out that both words end in -ick, and inviting the children to listen for other words that end with the /ick/ sound throughout the activities (e.g., stick, click, trick, flick).
  • Tell the children that although some people may thing bugs are "ick," a click bug can do a trick by flexing and flicking its body to make a clicking sound (see video).
  • Show the children how to make a clicking noise with their tongues against the roof of their mouth.
  • Have the children lay their click bug graphic on its back on one hand, flick the click bug graphic with the fingers of their other hand as they click their tongue, and watch to see if the click bug lands right side up.
  • If the click bug lands right side up, ask the child to tell you or a neighbor a word from the activity that ends in -ick (e.g., ick, click, trick, flick)
  • Tell the children more about click bugs from the information page below or the link in the materials (optional). 

Make stick bugs do a trick

  • Explain to the children that a stick bug can do a trick, too, then place the cut-out stick bug graphic among a pile of real sticks and have the children find the stick bug.
  • Let the children stick (glue) two or three brown paper strips on the blue construction paper as sticks or branches for stick bugs to hide in.
  • Have the children draw and/or stick (glue) pictures of stick bugs onto the sticks.
  • Review with the children the words in the activities that end in -ick (e.g., ick, click, stick, trick, flick), writing them on the board, and have the children write the words on green paper leaves and stick them to their branches, helping to hide their stick bugs.
  • Tell the children more about stick bugs from the information page below or the link in the materials (optional).  

Apply the skill
Read target words in a text

  • Read the target text A Click Bug and a Stick Bug together with the group.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ick.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the target text A Bug Can Look Like a Stick.

Write the target words/patterns

  • Review the -ick words from the activities (rewrite them on the board if needed) then have the children use the words to complete sentences.
    • Example of sentence completion prompts:
      • A stick bug can look like a ____ (stick).
      • A click bug can make a ____ (click) noise.
      • I can put a _____(stick) bug on a ____ (stick).
      • I love to learn about ____ (stick) bugs and ____ (click) bugs.
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SEEL Target Texts

A Bug Can Look Like a Stick

There are bugs that look like sticks.
They are walking stick bugs.
A walking stick bug can do a trick.
It can look like a stick.
Can you pick out a stick bug from some sticks?
Can you make a stick look like a stick bug?

A Click Bug and a Stick Bug

The click bug goes click.
The stick bug looks like a stick.
Put a click bug on a stick.
Put a stick bug on a stick.
Make a click bug go click.
Put a stick bug in with some sticks. 
Do not make the stick bug go ‘click’.  
Do not hide the click bug in with sticks.
The stick bug does not go ‘click’.  
And the click bug does not look like a stick.
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SEEL At Home


Read and write words that end with -ick


  • Click bug and stick bug graphics
  • Spoons to click against each other
  • Real sticks

Activity: Click to find click bugs

  • Before the activity, hide a click bug graphic in a room for your child to find.
  • Explain to your child that you have hidden a picture of a click bug in the room and that you will click your spoons together slowly if he or she is not close or quickly if he or she is getting closer to the picture.
  • When your child finds the click bug graphic, have him or her read the name of the bug and write two other words that end with -ick on the back of the bug or on another piece of paper.
  • Trade places and have fun trying to find the click bug and writing and reading more -ick words together.

Activity: Flick the stick bug

  • Before the activity, place a pile of sticks at one end of a table or 2 feet away on the ground.
  • Mark one bug for each of you then fold the stick bugs in half and place them at the other end of the table.
  • Take turns flicking your stick bug graphics across the table or floor to the pile of sticks.
  • Whoever gets their stick bug to the pile of sticks first gets to write a word on the -ick word list.
  • After a few rounds of play, have fun reading your -ick word list together.


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.