Book on a Hook

Book on a Hook
Target text


Read and write words that have the -oo vowel combination.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • book
  • hook
  • look
  • cook
  • took
  • nook
  • shook


  • Books 
  • Binder clips or paper clips
  • Hooks (plastic ones or ones made from pipe cleaners)
  • Cookbook*
  • Word-building cards *
  • Hook a Book target text*

*Items included below. 

State and Model the Objective
The children will hook a book, and read and write words with the short oo spelling as in cook, hook, book, look, took, shook, and nook.
Literacy Activities
Hook a book

  • Place out books with binder clips or paper clips attached.
  • Have the children hook a book (loop a hook through the clip).
  • Let the children look at the book they hooked.
  • Have the children shake the book while you point out that they shook the book they took off the hook.
  • Make comments such as the following:
    • "Look at the book that you got on your hook."
    • "You took a book! You can look at the book you took."
    • "You hooked a cookbook."
    • "You shook the book that you took off the hook."

Build words

With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:

  • Change the beginning consonant: hookbooklook→ cooktook→ nook, woodgood 
  • Change the ending consonant: hook→ hood, woofwood, hoofhook

Read target words in texts 

  • Engage the children in reading the target text Hook a Book (found below). 
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children make a list of the -ook words that they heard.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Let children write -oo words from dictation (e.g., cook, hook, book, look, took, shook, nook, hood).
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SEEL Target Texts

Hook a Book

Look for a book. 
Look for a book on a hook.  
Look for a cookbook on a hook. 
A book! 
Look at the cookbook.  
Look at the cookbook that you took.
Is it a good book?
We took the cookbook from the hook.
We looked at the cookbook.
The cookbook was a good book!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.