Pup Goes Up


Read and write words that end with -up.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • up
  • cup
  • pup
  • 7-up


  • Toy pup or picture of a pup (see below) 
  • Ladder/stairs (real or drawn on board) 
  • A cup labeled “7-up” (at the top of the ladder/stairs) 
  • up and non –up word cards (one taped to each rung/step of the ladder/stairs) (see below)
  • 7-up soda (optional) 
  • Small cups (one for each child) (optional)
  • Letter cards (see below) 
  • Sticky notes 
  • 3x5 index card
  • Up Pup! target text (see below)

State and model the objective
Tell the children they will help the pup climb up the ladder and they will read and write words ending with -up: up, cup, pup, 7-up

Practice the skill within an activity

Pup goes up

  • Place the pup on the first rung/step of the ladder/stairs.
  • Have children read the word on the step. If the word ends with –up, have children say, “Go up Pup! Get 7-up!” and move the pup up one more step.
  • When the pup reaches a non –up word, have children remove it from the step so pup can go up.
  • When the pup gets all the way up, have the pup pretend to drink up the 7-up.
  • Switch the order of the words on the ladder and repeat, letting different children read the words each time.
  • Give children their own cup of 7-up to drink (optional).

Apply the skill

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds 

  • Let the children make a target word (e.g., pup) 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): pup cup
    • Change the vowel sound: cup cap; pup pop; cup  cop 
    • Change the ending sound(s): cup cut; pup put

Read target words in a text 

  • Have the children underline the words that end in -up in the Up Pup! target text (see below). 
  • Read the Up Pup! text to the children. 
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you. 
  • Read the text again, fading support. 

Write about the activity using target words and phrases 

  • Write one letter or letter blend on each page of a stack of sticky notes (e.g., P, C, S), staple the sticky notes on the left side of a 3x5 index card, and write the -up word ending on the index card to the right of the sticky note to create a flip-book. 
  • Have the children say the beginning sound from the sticky note followed by the -up 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., A pup can drink from a cup). 

SEEL Target Texts

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Up, Pup!

Up, pup! 
The pup can go up.
Up, up, up,
To get a 7-up.
Up, pup! 
Climb up for a cup.
Read a word 
That ends in -up. 
Up pup! 
Up, up, up,
Go up to drink the 7-up.
Good pup!


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words that end with -up


  • Toy pup or picture of a pup (see below) 
  • Ladder/stairs
  • A cup labeled "7-up" (at the top of the ladder/stairs) 
  • Small cups filled with 7-up, 1 for each child (optional)
  • -up and non -up word cards (one taped to each rung/step of the ladder/stairs--see below)

Activity: Pup Goes Up

  • Explain that the pup really likes 7-up and needs to go up the stairs to get the cup of 7-up you left there.
  • Have your child move Pup up one step.  Help him or her read the word that is attached to the step.
  • If the word ends with -up, have your child say "Pup, go up for the cup of 7-up!" and move Pup up another step.  If the word does not end with -up, have your child remove the word so Pup can go up.
  • When Pup gets all the way up, have your child help Pup pretend to drink up the cup of 7-up.
  • Change the order of the words on the stairs and repeat.  
  • Help your child write a note to Pup explaining how to get up to the cup of 7-up.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Picture-of-Pup-and-up-Word-Cards


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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/.)