Nut in a Hut

Nut in a Hut
Target text


Read and write words that end with -ut.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • nut
  • hut
  • shut
  • but
  • cut


  • Find a Nut song
  • Word cards
  • Paper hut
  • Letter cards
  • The Nut Hut target text
  • Book: Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert (optional)

The children will look for nuts as they read and write words ending with -ut such as nut, hut, shut, but and cut.

Literacy Activities
Put a nut in a hut

  • Read the book Nuts to You! to the children, pointing out words that end in -ut (optional). 
  • Teach the children the Find a Nut song and sing it with them a few times.
  • Have children walk around the classroom singing the song while looking for a nut.
  • When they find a nut, have them sit in a circle around the hut and sing the song again, replacing the word find with found.
  • Have the children take turns reading the word written on their nut.
  • If the word ends with -ut they can put their nut in the hut as everyone says, “Put the ___ (e.g., cut) nut in the hut!”  
  • If the word does not end with -ut, have the child shut the hut as everyone chants, “Shut the hut!”  
  • Repeat the activity if desired. 

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds 

  • Let the children make a target word (e.g. nut) from letter cards and then let them make different words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel. 
    • Change the beginning sound(s): nut hut; nut but; hut cut 
    • Change the vowel sound(s): but bat; hut hit; nut net
    • Change the ending sound(s): but  bun; cut cup; nut nun
  • 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 -ut in The Nut Hut target text.
  • Read The Nut Hut text to the children, explaining that strut means to walk proudly. 
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you. 
  • Read The Nut Hut text again, fading support. 

Write about the activity using target words and phrases

  • Display target words on a word wall (i.e., nut, hut, shut). 
  • Refer the children to the word wall and have them write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text (e.g., I put my nut in the hut). 
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SEEL Target Texts

Find a Nut

(To the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Find a nut that’s small and brown.
Find a nut!  Find a nut! 
Find a nut upon the ground,
A nut to put in a hut.

The Nut Hut

Here is a squirrel.
He always likes to strut.
Strut, strut, strut.
He struts into the nut hut.
He finds a nut in the nut hut.
He tries to cut the nut in the nut hut.  
He says, “Cut, cut, cut a nut.
I can cut! Cut a nut!
Cut, cut, cut a nut.
Cut a nut inside the hut.”
He eats the nut inside the hut.  
Then he struts out of the hut. 
He says, “Yum, yum nut.
Goodbye hut.” 
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SEEL At Home


Read and write words that end with -ut


  • Find a Nut song
  • Word cards
  • Small hat to use as a hut
  • Book: Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert (optional)

Activity: Nut Hut

  • Practice singing the Find a Nut song.
  • One player will hide the nut word cards while the other player waits in a different room.  
  • The player will return to the room where the nuts are hidden and hunt for the nuts as you sing the Find a Nut song together.
  • Once all nuts are found, help your child read the words written on them.
  • If the word ends in -ut, have your child say, "The nut can go in the hut!" and put the nut in the hut.
  • If the word does not end in -ut, have your child say, "Cut the nut!" and cut the nut with scissors.
  • Play the game several times and switch roles. nut-song-and-word-cards
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.