Bug on a Cup

Bug on a Cup
Target text


Read and write short-u words.

See Standards

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • bug
  • cup
  • mug
  • run
  • jug
  • yuck
  • shut


  • Mug or cup
  • Word-building cards*
  • Picture cards*
  • Bug in a Mug target text*

*Items included below.

State the Objective
Tell the children that they will find bugs and that they will read and write short-u words, such as bug, cup, mug, run, jug, yuck, and shut.

Literacy Activities
Introduce target words

  • Show the children the short-u target words.
  • Read the words with the children.

Catch a bug

  • Let the children write a short-u target word (e.g., bug, cup, mug, run, jug, yuck, shut) on a picture of a bug (see below).
  • Hide the bugs around the room and place a mug or cup at the front of the room.
  • Have the children take turns finding a bug and reading the word written on the picture.
  • Have the child place the bug picture inside the mug or cup.

Fill in missing words

  • Have the children read the Bug in a Mug target text (see below).
  • Let the children write short sentences using target words.
    • There was a bug in your ____ (mug).
    • The ____ (bug) got out of a jug.
    • I saw the bug ____ (run) up to the top of your cup.
    • ____ (Yuck)! A bug is in your ____ (cup).

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing a consonant or the vowel.
    • Change the beginning consonant(s): hugmug; shutbut; runsun
    • Change the vowel: bugbig; cupcap; pugpig
    • Change the ending consonant: cupcut; bugbut; ranrat
Read More

SEEL Target Texts

Bug in a Mug

I think there’s a bug in your mug!
It got out of a jug.
I saw it run up to the top of your cup.
And then, plop!
It fell into your cup.
Yuck, a bug in your cup!
Did you drink it up?

Read More



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