Run to the Sun

Objective

Children will read and write words that end with –un.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • run
  • sun
  • fun
  • bun

Materials:

  • Run to the Sun game board, spinner, pointer, and game pieces—1 set for each group (see below)
  • Brass brads to connect pointer to spinner
  • Sun tokens—several for each child (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below) 
  • Sun graphic (see below) 
  • Run to the Sun target text (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will play a board game called Run to the Sun and they will read and write words ending with -un: run, sun, fun, bun.

Practice the skill within an activity

Run to the Sun 

  • Divide children into small groups (4 to 5 children in each) and give each group a game board.
  • Give each of the children an -un game piece and have them each choose a different color to color their piece.
  • Demonstrate and explain the rules of the game:
  • Spin the spinner and read the word (support as needed).
  • If the word ends in –un move forward 2 spaces. If the word does not end in –un, move forward 1 space.  
  • If the –un game piece is moved to a space next to a letter, the child reads the word to win a sun token.
  • When you reach the sun at the end of the game say, “Run to the Sun!”
  • Play until every child has reached the sun at the end of the game.

Apply the skill

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Let the children make a target word (e.g. run) from letter cards (see below) and then let them make different words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel. 
    • Change the beginning sound(s): run sun; sun bun; fun run
    • Change the vowel sound: fun fin; run ran; bun bin
    • Change the ending sound(s): bun bud; fun  fur; run rub
  • For each of the words the children make, have them produce the sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into the word.

Read target words in a text 

  • Have the children underline the words that end in -un in the target text Run to the Sun.
  • Read the Run to the Sun text to the children. 
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
  • Read the Run to the Sun text again, fading support.

Write about this activity using target words and phrases

  • Play Pass the Sun with the children: 
    • Draw a giant sun on the board before starting this activity 
    • Have the children sit in a circle and take turns passing the paper sun (see below). 
  • As the children get the sun, have them say a new word that ends in -un
  • Write each new word on the board inside the giant sun. 
  • Repeat the game, but this time have the children write their word on the paper sun before they pass it. 
  • Allow the children to write a sentence about a sun using the words written on the graphic.
     

SEEL Target Texts

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Run to the Sun

You spun the word “fun.” 
Pick up a sun.
Can you run?
Run to the sun.
 
You spun the word “bun.” 
Pick up a sun.
Can you run?
Run to the sun.
 
You spun, spun, spun for a sun.
It’s fun to run to the sun!

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Objective 
Children will read and write words that end with -un

Materials

  • Run to the Sun game board, spinner, pointer, sun tokens, and -un game pieces (see below)
  • Brass brad to attach pointer to spinner 

Activity: Run to the Sun

  • Each player will choose an -un game piece and color it a different color.
  • Take turns spinning the spinner and reading the word (support as needed).  
    • If the word ends in -un, move forward 2 spaces.
    • If the word does not end in -un, move forward 1 space. 
    • If the -un game piece is moved to a space next to a letter, read the word to win a sun token.
  • As each of you reach the sun at the end of the game say, "Run to the Sun!"
  • Ask your child to tell you how to play "Run to the Sun!" and write down these directions together.
  • Have your child point to each -un word in the directions and read it.Run-to-the-Sun-game-board
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Standards

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)

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