Glue Loops


Read and write words with two long u spellings: –oo and –ue; recognize both spellings as having the same pronunciation.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • scoop
  • loop
  • droop
  • swoop
  • hoop
  • glue
  • clue
  • blue
  • due


  • Word cards (see below) to make into loops
  • Paper and glue to make loops
  • A scoop (e.g., ice cream scoop or a plastic scoop that comes in clothes detergent)
  • Hoops (e.g., hula hoops or hoops made from pipe cleaners or string)
  • String to hang up loops
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Let’s Make Loops target text (see below)
  • Scoop up Loops target text (see below)
  • Let Loops Droop target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will glue loops and read and write words spelled with the long u vowel patterns –oo and –ue: scoop, loop, droop, swoop, goop, hoop, snoop, coop, glue, clue, blue.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Scoop up loops into hoops
    • Show the children the word cards (see below) and explain that even though the words have different spellings (–oo and –ue) all of the words have the long u sound.
    • Allow the children to put glue on the ends of the word cards and help them form each card into a loop.
    • Place two hoops in the middle of the floor and label the hoops –oo and –ue.
    • Let the children swoop down and scoop up a loop.
    • Help the children read the word on the loop then have them put the loop in the hoop with the matching spelling.
  • Make loops with clues
    • Using the word cards made into loops, choose a loop from a hoop then give the children clues to guess the word on the loop:
      • You can jump through a ____(loop or hoop).
      • A bird can ____ (swoop) down to get a worm.
      • It begins with sn-___ (snoop).
      • I want a ___ (scoop) of ice cream.
      • It begins with dr-___ (droop).
      • We need to ____ (glue) the loops together.
      • I like the color _____(blue).
      • My homework is _____(due) today.
      • Guess the word from a ____ (clue).
  • Let loops droop
    • Allow the children to write words spelled with –oo and –ue on strips of paper.
    • Help the children form one strip into a loop, loop it through another loop, and then close the loop again with glue.
    • Repeat with all the loops to make a long chain.
    • Tie string on each end of the chain and have the children hang the long chain of loops so the loops droop.


Apply the skill

  • Identify, Blend and manipulate sounds
    • Let the children make a target word (e.g. blue) from letter cards (see below) and then let them make different words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel: clue --> glue, blue --> due; loop --> hoop, goop --> coop, scoop --> swoop.
  • Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity (see texts below)
    • Have the children underline the words spelled with –oo and –ue in the target text Let’s Make Loops (see below).
    • Read the target text Let’s Make Loops to the children.
    • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you.
    • Read the Let’s Make Loops target text again fading support.
    • Repeat the supported reading process with the target texts Scoop up Loops and Let Loops Droop.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Have the children use a whiteboard to write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word: due, blue, clue, glue; goop, loop, hoop, coop, scoop, swoop, snoop. Ask the children to write a sentence about a lesson activity or text using some of these words.


SEEL Target Texts

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Let Loops Droop

Make long loops.
Let the long loops droop.
Loop one loop in another loop.
Make a chain with lots of loops.
Hang the chain of loops.
Let the chain of loops droop.

Scoop up Loops

How many loops can you scoop up?
Make lots of loops.
Take a scoop.
Swoop down into the loops with the scoop.
Scoop up loops with the scoop.
How many loops did you scoop up?

Let’s Make Loops

Let’s make loops.
Let’s make loops with goop and glue.
Let’s make blue loops.
Let’s make lots of blue loops and let them droop.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.