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Ugly Bug/Snuggly Bug

Regena McLaney


Students demonstrate an understanding of rhyming words by creating “buggy” pictures and a sentence containing rhyming words. (If the student does not yet use phonetic spelling, dictation may be recorded.)


The student understands basic phonetic principles (for example, knows rhyming words; knows words that have the same initial and final sounds; knows which sound is in the beginning, middle, end of a word; blends individual sounds into words).


-one package of plastic insects
-one sheet of large drawing for each student
-crayons or markers for each student
-glue or glue sticks for each child
-packages of craft foam insects (check at craft stores; Plain craft foam may
obtained to draw bug outlines if foam insects are unavailable.)
-book by Robinson, Fay, [Creepy Beetles!]. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2000


1. Collect all materials.
2. Gather a small collection of rhyming word books for additional resources.


1. Show the students a collection of plastic insects. Ask the children to share their feelings about bugs.

2. Explain to the students that they will be using rhyming words and “bugs” to create a silly sentence. Ask children to tell you what they think a rhyming word is or to give examples of rhyming words. Explain that rhyming words must end in the same sound.

3. Using the word, “bug”, generate responses of rhyming words from the students.

4. Read the story, [Creepy Beetles!] (See materials.) or other rhyming books, such as Dr. Seuss books aloud to your students and ask students to identify the rhyming words in the story. Point out how the illustrator has chosen to illustrate the rhyming words.

5. Hold up a craft foam bug and discuss with the students different possible illustrations to incorporate rhyming words. (For example, “My bug is snug in a rug.” Or “My bug will fly in the sky."

6. Tell students to illustrate a background or details for the bug that use rhyming words. Explain that their picture should illustrate that they understand rhyming words and should contain 2 words that rhyme. Tell the students that they may use phonetic spelling to “sound out” their rhyming word sentence or dictate it to you. If the student can use phonetic spelling, have them underline the two rhyming words in their sentence. If the student dictates, have them identify the rhyming words orally and underline the words for them.

7. As the students work, the teacher circulates and formatively assesses (by observation) the projects to determine if students have used two rhyming words and identified them orally or by underlining them in their sentence.

8. Provide additional assistance and experiences for students who have difficulty identifying and using rhyming words.

9. Allow students to share their “buggy” pictures and invite the other students to identify the rhyming words in classmates’ projects.

10. Display student projects on a bulletin board with caption, "Ugly Bug, Snuggly Bug: Rhyme Time with Insects".


This lesson assesses only the use of rhyming words.

Each student draws a “buggy” illustration and dictates or uses phonetic spelling to demonstrate understanding of rhyming words.
Teacher circulates and formatively assesses whether or not the students demonstrate an understanding of rhyming words by incorporating 2 rhyming words into their dictation or sentence.


As a math extension, create a class graph entitled, “Ugly Bug or Snuggly Bug?”. Have the students vote on whether they think bugs are ugly or snuggly. Use craft foam bugs with children’s names on them to record “votes” on the graph. Record children’s dictation on the graph as they make comparisons about more/less, how many more or less, total number of votes, etc.

As a further extension, discuss the characteristics of insects (body parts, number of legs, etc.). Have the students create their own “insects” using construction paper and various art materials. Ask them to create their “insect” with the correct number of body parts and legs. Students write or dictate to describe their insect. Use their bug creations to make a bulletin board display entitled “You Bug Me!”, "Our Bug Collection" or "Buggin' Out".
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