A Fun Run

A Fun Run
Target text


Read and write words that end with –un.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • fun
  • run
  • bun
  • sun


  • 4 tubs or other containers 
  • Bun and Sun picture cards
  • Letter cards
  • Can You Run? target text

The children will run to collect a sun or a bun and they will read and write words ending with -un: fun, run, bun, sun. 

Literacy Activities
Run to collect buns and suns 

  • Divide the children into 2 equal sized teams: the bun team and the sun team.
  • Have the children line up with their team behind a starting line, placing a container for each team nearby.
  • At the other end of the racing area, place 2 containers, one filled with sun pictures (enough for each child on the sun team) and one filled with bun pictures (enough for each child on the bun team). Make sure there are an equal number of buns and suns.
  • Have the child at the front of each team’s line run to their container, pick up either a bun or a sun and race back to put their bun or sun in their team’s container. Have everyone shout, “It’s fun to run!”
  • Repeat the process as each person in the team takes a turn.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Let the children make a target word (e.g., run) from letter cards and then let them make different words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel.
    • Change the beginning sound(s): sun → run; fun → bun
    • 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 Can You Run target text. 
  • Read the Can You Run text to the children.
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
  • Read the Can You Run text again, fading support. 

Write about the activity using target words and phrases

  • Display target words on a word wall (i.e., fun, run, bun, sun) and then engage the children in one of the following: 
    • Provide the children with sentence completion prompts in an interactive writing routine to create a text about their experience with the activity. For example:
      • It was ____ (fun) to _____ (run). 
      • There were two teams: the _____ (sun) team and the ______ (bun) team. 
      • We had to ____ (run) to pick up a _____ (bun) or a _____ (sun).
      • We had _____ (fun).
    • Re-read the target text and allow the children to write their own version of the text.

SEEL Target Texts

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Can You Run?

Can you run?
Run for a sun.
Can you run?
Run for a bun.
Pick up a sun.
Pick up a bun.
Run, run, run for a sun or a bun.
Drop the sun.
Drop the bun.
Drop the sun or the bun and say,
“It’s fun to run!” 


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words that end with -un


  • Sun and bun picture cards
  • 4 containers to put sun and bun cards in 
  • Can You Run? target text

Activity: Fun Run

  • Find an area big enough for you and your child to run.  
  • Place two of the containers (one containing all of the suns and one containing all of the buns) at one end of the running area, and the remaining two at the other end. Decide who will collect the buns and who will collect the suns.
  • The aim of the game is to race to move all of the buns and all of the suns from one container to the other. Every time you place a bun or a sun in the new container shout, "It's fun to run!" Whoever completes the task first wins the game.
  • Help your child read the target text Can You Run?.
  • Help your child write sentences on the back of the target text, explaining how to play the game (e.g.; Run to get a bun or a sun. Run back.  Drop the sun or bun. It is fun to run.)  
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Sun-Bun-picture-cards-and-target-text


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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/.)