king tut

King Tut
Target text


Read and write words that end with ut.

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • hut
  • tut
  • nut
  • but
  • cut


  • Dice
  • Picture of a gameboard*
  • Picture of a crown*
  • Word cards*
  • Word-building cards*
  • King Tut target text*

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will play a King Tut game and that they will read and write words that end with ut, such as hut, tut, nut, but, and cut.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

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

Play a King Tut game

  • Read the King Tut target text (see below) with the children.
  • Divide the children into small groups and give each group a King Tut game board (see below).
  • Give each child a -ut game piece (see below) and have them color it in.
  • Tell the children that they will roll the die and move their game piece the specified number of spaces.
  • Explain that, if a child lands on a -ut word, they take a -ut word card from King Tut’s hut (the box) and read it out loud.
  • Tell the children that the person with the most word cards at the end of the game gets to wear King Tut’s crown (see below) for the next round.

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: tut→ hut; nut→ but; hut→ cut 
    • Change the vowel: but→ bat; hut→ hit; nut→ net
    • Change the ending consonant: but→ bun; cut→ cup; nut→ nun

Write sentences using target words and phrases

  • Let the children write short sentences using target words.
    • King ____ (Tut) lives in a ____ (hut).
    • He has a ____ (nut) in his ____ (hut).
    • His ____ (hut) has words like ____ (cut).
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SEEL Target Texts

King Tut

King Tut lives in a hut.
His hut is full of words like nut.
Roll the die.
And pick a word.
Pick a word like tut, but, or hut.
Pick a word like cut, nut, or shut.
Pick a word from King Tut’s hut.

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SEEL At Home


Read and write words that end with -ut.


  • Dice
  • A box labeled "King Tut Hut"
  • King Tut game board
  • Game pieces 
  • King Tut crowns
  • Word cards

Activity: King Tut

  • Give each of the children an -ut game piece and have them each choose a different color to color their piece.
  • Take turns rolling the die and moving your game piece.
  • If they land on an -ut word, take an -ut word card from the King Tut Hut box and read it.
  • The person with the most word cards at the end of the game is the winner and can wear the King Tut crown.
  • Help your child read the -ut word cards and underline the -ut ending.
  • Help your child write a letter to King Tut telling him about all the words that were found in his hut.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.-ut-game-pieces
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