A Cup for a Pup
- 4 cups of water
- Pup graphics to attach to a headband, or to a pencil to make a puppet (optional)
- Letter cards
- Up, Pup! target text
The children will read and write words ending with -up: pup, cup, yup, and up.
Pretend to be a pup
- Before the activity, prepare and set in a safe place 4 small cups of water for use during the second reading of the target text.
- Read the Up, Pup! target text together as a class, emphasizing words that end in –up.
- Choose 4 children to pretend to be a pup and wear a pup headband (optional).
- Read the text again together as a class, following the script instructions (the pretend pups will follow the directions of the other children).
- The pretend pups can then lap up some water from the cups.
- Repeat as desired using different children, different water cups, and different tricks.
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Let the children make a target word (e.g. pup) from letter cards and then let them make different words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel.
- Change the beginning sound(s): cup → pup
- Change the vowel sound: cup → cap; pup → pop; cup → cop
- Change the ending sound(s): cup → cut; pup → put
- 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 -up in the target text Up, Pup!
- Read the Up, Pup! text to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
- Read the Up, Pup! text again fading support.
Write about the activity using target words and phrases
- Review the lesson activity, give the children a story starter (e.g., We pretended to be pups and then…), and ask them to write about the activity using their own words.
- Re-read the target text and permit the children to write their own version of the text.
- Have the children write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text (e.g., A pup can jump up and drink from a cup).
SEEL Target Texts
Children: Up, pup! Sit up, pup!
Teacher: My pup can jump up.
Children: Up, pup! Jump up, pup!
Teacher: My pup can stand up.
Children: Up, pup! Stand up, pup!
Teacher: My pup can jump up for a cup.
Children: Up, pup! Jump up for a cup, pup!
Teacher: My pup can say, “Yup!”
Children: Up, pup! Say, “Yup,” pup!
Pup: Yup! Yup!
Everyone: Good pup!
SEEL At Home
Read and write words that end with -up.
- Small cup of water
- Pup stick puppet and Up, Pup! target text
Activity: A Cup for a Pup
- Let your child pretend to be a pup and act out the tricks described as you read the Up, Pup! target text together.
- When your pretend pup has completed the tricks, reward him or her with a cup of water to lap like a pup.
- Have your child read the text again with you and use the puppet to act it out.
- Help your child write 2-3 sentences that describe what the pup can do (e.g.; The pup can jump up. The pup can lap water from a cup).
- The activity can be repeated several times.
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/.)
A Cup for a Pup