pup goes up

Pup Goes Up
Target text


Read and write words that end with up.

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • up
  • pup
  • cup
  • 7-up


  • Cup
  • Toy pup or picture of a pup*
  • Ladder or picture of a ladder*
  • Word cards*
  • Word-building cards*
  • Up, Pup! target text*

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will help a pup climb up a ladder and that they will read and write words that end with up, such as pup, cup, and 7-up.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

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

Help the pup go up

  • Read the Up, Pup! target text (see below) with the children.
  • Place the -up word cards (see below) on the ladder.
  • Put a toy pup or picture of a pup (see below) on the first step and put a cup labeled 7-Up on the top step.
  • Have children read the words on the steps one at a time.
    • 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 the pup can go up.
  • When the pup gets to the top, have the pup pretend to drink the 7-Up.

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: pup→ cup
    • Change the vowel: cup→ cap; pup→ pop; cup→ cop
    • Change the ending consonant: cup→ cut; pup→ pun

Sort rhyming words

  • Tell the children that a lot of rhyming words have the same ending.
  • Let the children sort the word cards (see below) into two piles (one pile with -up words and one pile with words that don’t end with up).

Make a flip book

  • Write the -up ending on the far right side of an index card.
  • Write p, c, and 7- on separate sticky notes.
  • Staple the sticky notes to the index card on the left side of the -up ending.
  • Flip through the sticky notes and read each -up word with the children (e.g., pup, cup, 7-up).
  • Help the children write a simple sentence using -up words (e.g., A pup can drink from a cup).
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SEEL Target Texts

Up, Pup!

Up, pup! 
The pup can go up.
Up, up, up,
To get 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!
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SEEL At Home


Read and write words that end with -up


  • Toy pup or picture of a pup
  • 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)
  • Word cards (one taped to each rung/step of the ladder/stairs)

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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