Hug a Bug
Target text


Read and write words that end with -ug.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • bug
  • mug
  • jug
  • rug
  • hug


  • Picture Cards
  • Word cards
  • Letter cards
  • Meet My Bug target text
  • Tissues (for optional use with target text)
  • Sticky Notes
  • 3x5 index card
  • Book: Hug a Bug by Eileen Spinelli (optional)

The children will hug things that end in -ug and read and write words that end with -ug, such as bug, mug, jug, rug, and hug

Literacy Activities

  • Read Hug a Bug by Eileen Spinelli (optional). 
  • Show the children the graphics and help them read the words on the graphics.
  • Place the -ug graphics around the room for the children to see. 
  • Have the children take turns reading a word card and finding the graphic that matches it.
  • When a child finds a matching graphic, have the children cheer “Ug, ug, ug! Now give the ___ a hug!” 
  • Repeat the activity as many times as desired. 

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds 

  • Let the children make a target word (e.g. bug) from letter cards and then let them make different words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel. 
    • Change the beginning sound(s): bug jug; mug rug; jug hug
    • Change the vowel sound: jug jog; bug bag; jug jig 
    • Change the ending sound(s): rug  run; bug bus; mug mud 

Read target words in a text 

  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ug in the target text Meet My Bug.
  • Read the text to the children. 
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you. 
  • Read the text again, fading support. 
  • Variation: Have the children act out the text using their thumb as a pretend bug and a tissue as a pretend rug. 

Write about the activity using target words and phrases 

  • Read words from a flip-book.
    • Write one letter or letter blend on each page of a stack of sticky notes (e.g., b, j, m, r) and staple the sticky notes on the left side of a 3x5 index card. 
    • Write the -ug word ending on the index card to the right of the sticky notes. 
    • Have the children say the beginning sound from the sticky note followed by the -ug sound from the index card, and then blend the two sounds to read the word. 
  • Help the children write a simple sentence using the words from the flip-book (e.g., I found a bug on the rug). 
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SEEL Target Texts

Meet My Bug

Do you want to 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? No!
Do you want to make my bug snug in the jug? No!
Do you want to make my bug snug on the rug? Yes!
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! 
(Variation: Give each child a tissue to use as rug and have the children pretend their thumb is a bug. Have the children start with the bug hidden behind their backs and have them act out the text as you read it together.) 
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SEEL At Home


Read and write words that end with -ug


  • Bug graphics
  • Rug graphic
  • A tissue

Activity: Hug a Bug

  • Before starting the activity, hide the bug graphics in a room in your house. 
  • Pretend that the room where you hid the bugs is a forest and that lots of bugs are lost and need a hug.
  • Have your child look for the bug graphics and shout, "Hug a bug!" when he or she finds one. 
  • Join your child in giving each bug a hug then have your child put the bug on the rug graphic and help it get snug under a tissue. 
  • Reverse roles and play the game again.
  • Help your child think of and write an -ug word on each of the bug graphics and replace them on the rug. (If he or she has more word ideas than there are bugs, have him or her write the words on the rug.)
  • Take turns reading the words aloud to each other and making the bugs snug on the rug with the tissue. 
  • Activity can be repeated several times.Rug-graphic
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.