Go Zoom on a Spooky Ride

Go Zoom on a Spooky Ride
Target text


Read and write words with the vowel combination

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • too
  • boo
  • zoom
  • shoo
  • whoosh
  • kaboom


  • Box
  • Word-building cards*
  • Cow, ghost, dove, and owl pictures*
  • Roller-coaster picture*
  • A Spooky Ride target text*
  • Wahoo! I Like to Zoom Around Too! target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make sounds as they go on a spooky ride and then read and write words with -oo, such as wahoo, whoosh, woo, and toot.

Literacy Activities
Read a list of sounds we can make

  • Write the following words that contain the -oo vowel combination so that the children can see.
    • boo
    • coo
    • hoo
    • moo
    • woo
    • hoot
    • toot
    • choo choo
    • poof
    • wahoo
    • whoosh
    • vroom
    • zoom
    • kaboom
  • Point out that all the words have the long oo sound and then help the children read the list aloud.

 Make sounds to go with a spooky roller-coaster ride

  • Invite the children to pretend to go on a spooky roller-coaster ride.
  • Display the roller-coaster car picture as you and the children act out and make sounds for the following activities:
    • The ride is about to begin: toot toot
    • The engine starts up: vroom
    • The ride goes fast: zoom
    • The car goes down the track: choo choo
    • You see a big hill: wahoo!
    • You go fast down the hill: whoosh!
    • A ghost pops out: boo!
    • You tell the ghost to go away: shoo
    • The ride stops quickly: kaboom
    • You finish the ride and get off: wahoo!
    • You feel a little woozy: woo!
    • You can’t go again: boo-hoo!

Animal sounds on a spooky ride

  • Put the pictures of the owl, dove, and cow in a small box and pretend that it is a roller-coaster car.
  • Let the children take turns making the car zoom and whoosh up and down.
  • Have the rest of the children make owl (“hoo”), dove (“coo”), and cow (“moo”) sounds as they pretend to react to the turns of the roller-coaster car.
  • Have one of the children make the ghost picture pop out and say, “Boo!” and let the other children react (“Shoo!”).
  • Read the A Spooky Ride target text (see below) with the children, then have them take turns underlining and saying the long oo sound like a ghost.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the beginning or ending consonant(s):
    • Change the beginning consonant(s): boomoo; cootoo; chooshoo; hootloot; loomroom; zoomvroom
    • Add an ending consonant: booboot; coocoop; moomoon

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Engage the children in writing about the roller-coaster ride using the following words: choo choo, woo-hoo, wahoo, toot, whoo, whoosh, woo, zoom, and kaboom.
  • Have the children write words from dictation (e.g., boo, too, choo, shoo, vroom, zoom).
  • Read the Wahoo! I Like to Zoom Around Too!  target text (see below) with the children.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
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SEEL Target Texts

Wahoo! I Like to Zoom Around Too!

I like it when my car goes zoom.
I like to hear my car go vroom.
I like it when my car goes whoosh!
I like to hear my horn go toot toot.
I do not like it when I get in mucky, goopy goo.
I do not like it when I hear kaboom.
I only like it when my car goes zoom.
Wahoo! I like that too!
I like it when your car goes zoom too!

A Spooky Ride

I went on a spooky ride.
An owl flew out. Hoo, hoo.
A witch flew by. Whoosh!
A ghost flew by. Boo!
I got scared. Shoo!
The ride went too fast. Vroom. Zoom. Whoosh.
The ride stopped too fast. Kaboom!
At last the ride was over. Wahoo!
I felt woozy: Woo
I couldn’t ride the ride again. Boo-hoo!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.