run to the sun

Run to the Sun

Run to the Sun
Target text


Read and write words that end with un.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • sun
  • run
  • fun
  • bun


  • Picture cards*
  • Word cards*
  • Word-building cards*
  • Picture of a sun*
  • Picture of a gameboard*
  • Run to the Sun target text*

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will play a sun game and that they will read and write words that end with un, such as sun, run, fun, and bun.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

  • Show the children the target words.
  • Read the words with the children.

Play a sun game

  • Read the Run to the Sun target text (see below) with the children.
  • Divide children into small groups and give each group a game board (see below) and some sun picture cards (see below).
  • Give each of the children a -un game piece (see below) and have them put their initials on it.
  • Put the sun cards face down in a pile and have the children take turns drawing a sun card and following the directions (e.g., go 1 space, go 2 spaces).
  • When a child lands on a space next to a letter, have the child read the word created by the letter and their -un piece (i.e., if a child lands next to an F, have the child say the word fun).
  • When the children reach the sun at the end of the game, have them say, “A run to the sun is fun!”

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: run→ sun; sun→ bun; fun→ run
  • Change the vowel: fun→ fin; run→ ran; bun→ bin
  • Change the ending consonant: bun→ bud; sun→ sum; run→ rub

Write target words

  • Draw a giant sun.
  • Have the children pass the picture of the sun (see below) around.
  • When a child gets the sun, have the child say a word that ends in un (e.g., sun, run, fun, bun).
  • Let the children write their -un word inside the giant sun.
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SEEL Target Texts

Run to the Sun

Would you like to run, run to the sun?
It’s a lot of fun to find words that end in un.
Find -un words as you run to the sun.

Pick up a sun card.
See if you get to run.
Run to the big sun.

Get a sun card.
Now run to the words that end in un.
Run, run to the sun!

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SEEL At Home


Read and write words that end with -un


  • Run to the Sun game board* 
  • Sun cards and -un game pieces*

*Items included below.

Activity: Run to the Sun

  • Each player will choose an -un game piece and will put their initials on it.
  • Demonstrate and explain the rules of the game:  
    • Put the sun cards in a pile face down. 
    • Take turns drawing a sun card and follow its direction (e.g., go 1 space, go 2 spaces).
    • When someone lands on a space with a word, have them read the word.
    • If the word is an -un word, the player gets to keep the sun token and take another turn.
    • When everyone gets to the sun, count the sun tokens to see who has the most.
  • As each player reaches the sun, say, "It’s fun to run to the sun!"
  • Ask the child to tell you how to play the “Run to the Sun" game and write the directions together.



Game pieces

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