Bugs in Mugs
- A rug or cloth to be a rug
- Jugs (milk jugs, syrup jugs, etc.)
- Mugs (or paper cups with added handles)
- Letter cards*
- Pictures of a bug and a slug*
- Bugs and Slugs in Mugs and Jugs target text*
- A Bug and a Slug Tug a Mug and a Jug target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will tug bugs and slugs in mugs and jugs to a rug and read and write words ending with -ug, such as bug, rug, mug, jug, snug, tug, and lug.
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Tug bugs and slugs in mugs and jugs
- Tie a string on the mugs and the jugs.
- Have the children put a bug (found below) in the mug and make it snug with a tissue.
- Then have them tape a slug (found below) on the jug.
- Let the children tug a bug in a mug and a slug on a jug to the rug.
- Have the children get the bugs and slugs snug in the mug and on the rug.
Let bugs lug mugs and jugs
- Pretend to be a bug and lug a mug or jug on your shoulder to a rug.
- Let the children do the same thing.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- Let the children make new words from the word tug.
- Change the beginning sound(s): tug → bug; mug → jug; bug → rug
- Change the vowel sound: tug → tag; jug → jog; bug → big
- Change the ending sound(s): rug → run; bug → bus; mug → mud
Read target words in a text
- Read the text A Bug in a Mug and Slugs in a Jug (found below) with the children.
- Read again, fading support.
- Repeat with the text A Bug and a Slug Tug a Mug and a Jug (found below).
Write about the activity using target words and phrases
- Display target words on a word wall (e.g., bug, rug, mug, jug, snug, lug).
- Have the children write a sentence or two expressing ideas from the activity or target text (e.g., “The bugs were snug in a mug”).
SEEL Target Texts
A Bug in a Mug and Slugs on a Jug
Let the bug get snug in the mug.
Let’s give the bug a tug in the mug.
Tug! Tug! Tug!
Tug the bug in the mug to the rug!
A slug sat on a jug.
Let’s get the slug on the jug to a rug.
Tug the jug and the slug to the rug.
Tug! Tug! Tug!
Let the slug get snug on the rug.
The bug and the slug are snug on a rug.
The slug gets snug on the jug on the rug.
And the bug gets snug in the mug on the rug.
A Bug and a Slug Tug a Mug and a Jug
But the slug can help the bug.
The bug and the slug can tug the mug to a rug.
A slug is not big.
But the bug can help the slug.
The slug and the bug can tug the jug to a rug.
Tug, slug! Tug, bug!
Tug the jug to the rug.
Now the slug can get snug on the jug on the rug.
Tug, bug! Tug, slug!
Tug the mug to the rug.
Now the bug can get snug in the mug on the rug.
SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.
Bugs in Mugs