Hop to a Popcorn Shop
Read and write words that end with -op.
- Unpopped popcorn kernels (if using microwave popcorn, save the unpopped kernels after popping)
- Popcorn box graphic (see below) or plain paper rolled and fastened into a cone to hold popcorn
- Hop to a Popcorn Shop sentence strip (see below)
- Shop signs: Popcorn Shop, Mop Shop, Top Shop (see below)
- Hot air popcorn popper, microwave oven, or a pot to use to pretend to pop popcorn
- Popped popcorn (if not popping in the activity) or paper to tear and crumple
- Letter cards (see below)
- Hop to the Popcorn Shop target text (see below)
- The -op Popcorn activity within the Hideout: Early Reading app installed on an iPad (optional)
The children will hop to a popcorn shop and read and write words that end in -op, such as pop, stop, hop, and top.
Practice the skill within an activity
Hop with popcorn kernels
- Before the activity, place the shop signs (Mop Shop, Top Shop, Popcorn Shop) at stations around the room and set up the Popcorn Shop with a pretend or real popcorn popper.
- Help the children read the written direction to "Hop to a popcorn shop" (see below) and explain that they will hop to find a shop that will pop popcorn.
- Give the children a popcorn box (or cone) with a few real or pretend popcorn kernels.
- As the children hop to find a popcorn shop, invite them to chant, "Hop, hop, hop to a popcorn shop!"
- Comment on how the popcorn kernels hop as the children hop.
- Tell the children to put a top (a lid or hand) over the popcorn container so the kernels won't hop out.
Stop at different shops
- Have the children hop to the Top Shop and then to the Mop Shop and stop to read the shop signs (see below).
- Ask the children if they think the Top Shop or Mop Shop would sell and pop popcorn.
- When the children can't buy popcorn at a shop, encourage them to hop to the next shop as they chant, "Hop, hop, hop to a popcorn shop!"
- When the children reach the Popcorn Shop, have them read the sign and exclaim, "Stop! Stop! Stop! We're at the Popcorn Shop!"
- Have the children plop down in the area that is set up as the Popcorn Shop.
Pop popcorn at the popcorn shop
- If using a hot air popper, let the children drop a few kernels in the popper before you turn it on and encourage the children to say, "pop!" each time they see popcorn pop.
- If cooking microwave popcorn, let the children hop and say, "pop!" as they hear the popcorn pop.
- If pretending to pop popcorn, let the children drop a few kernels into the pot, cover with a lid, jiggle the pot to make the pretend popcorn hop and 'pop,' and invite the children to hop and say, "pop!"
- Help the children fill their popcorn boxes with real or pretend popcorn until you say "stop!"
Hop back from the popcorn shop and let the popcorn hop
- Have the children make a 'top' for the box with their hand or a piece of paper.
- Comment on how the top will keep the popcorn from hopping out.
- Let the children hop back to a designated spot.
Apply the skill
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Let the children make different -op words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel.
- Change the beginning sound(s): hop → pop; top → mop; pop → top
- Change the vowel sound: top → tip → tap
- Change the ending sound(s): hop → hog; pop → pot; mop → mom
- For each of the words the children make, have them state the individual sounds they hear and then blend those sounds back into the word.
Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity
- Read the target text Hop to the Popcorn Shop (see below) to the children
- Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
- Read the text with the children again but fade support.
- Have the children underline and read the words in the text that end in -op.
- Present the -op activity from the Hideout: Early Reading app on an iPad
- Have children use the app to pop virtual popcorn and read and build -op words.
Write about the activity using target words and phrases
- Review the -op words used in the activity (i.e., hop, pop, stop, shop, top, mop) and then help the children write the words on paper or on the popcorn graphics (see below).
- Provide a word wall with the target -op words listed and ask the children to use these words to write about how they got to hop to shops and pop popcorn.
- Let the children use a word wall to write about their experience using one of the following story starters:
- "We got some popcorn kernels in a popcorn box. But the popcorn was not popped. So....." (write about activity)
- "Today we got to hop to lots of shops. We got to hop to...." (write about activity)
SEEL At Home
Read and write words that end with -op.
- A few loose popcorn kernels in a cup (if making microwave popcorn, save unpopped kernels after popping)
- Popcorn to make, premade popcorn, or crumpled paper to look like popcorn
- Hot air popcorn popper or microwave
- Cooking pot with metal or cardboard lid (if pretending to pop popcorn)
- Bubble wrap (optional)
- Letter cards and popcorn graphics (see below)
Activity: Hop to the Popcorn Shop
- Invite your child to hop to the popcorn shop (kitchen) with you to pop some popcorn.
- Put a few kernels of popcorn in a cup for your child to carry while he or she hops to the popcorn shop.
- Help your child drop the popcorn kernels into an unheated hot air popper then start the popper or pop microwave popcorn.
- If popping real popcorn, have your child watch it pop and say "pop" as the popcorn pops.
- If pretending, put kernels in a pot, cover the pot with a lid, and shake the pot while your child hops in place or on bubble wrap and says "pop!"
- Eat (or pretend to eat) popcorn as you take turns thinking of words that end in -op (e.g., pop, stop, hop).
- Using letter cards (see below), invite your child to build and read -op words with you and independently.
- Help your child write the words they created on the popcorn graphics (see below).
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/.)
Hop to a Popcorn Shop