Goop and Goo

Goop and Goo
Target text


Read and write words with the long u vowel
pattern -oo.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • goo
  • goop
  • room
  • poof
  • droop
  • spoon


  • Flour or cornstarch
  • Water 
  • Hoop or long string 
  • Spoon or scoop
  • Cards with -oo words* 
  • Droopy Goop target text* 
  • Make Room for Goop target text* 

*Items included below.


State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make goo and will read and write words with the long -oo: goo, goop, spoon, and scoop.

Literacy Activities
Pretend to be goo

  • Read words with -oo with the children (e.g., loop, goop, goo, boo, hoop, scoop, spoon, poof, proof).
  • Set a hoop or loop the long string on the ground and put word cards with the -oo vowel (found below) around the room.
  • Say, “Goo!” and allow the children to pretend to be goo by drooping their arms and heads while moving around the room.
  • Have the children gather the word cards as they move like goo.
  • Say, “No more goo!” and have the children bring the cards to the hoop.
  • Have the children read the words and place them inside the hoop or loop as they say “I put ___ in the hoop/loop.”.

Make goo and goop

  • Show some goo or something gooey (e.g., cornstarch or flour in a little water).
  • Let the children mix the mixture until it is goopy.
  • Watch the goop droop off the spoon or scoop.
  • Have the children write words spelled with -oo (e.g., moo, boo, goop, room, poof).

More Practice 
Read target words in texts

  • Read the Droopy Goo target text (found below) together with the group.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the Make Room for Goop target text (found below).

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Make a word wall with -oo words (e.g., goo, goop, gooey, scoop, spoon, droop, choose, proof, poof, loop, toot, hoot, boo hoo, woo-hoo).
  • Have the children write about goop using words from the word wall.
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SEEL Target Texts

Droopy Goop

Droopy, goopy, gooey goo!
How do we make goop and goopy, gooey, goo?
Add water to flour or cornstarch and poof!
Woo-hoo! Gooey goo!
Use a spoon to scoop up some goo.
Scoop up goo with a spoon.
Watch the goo droop off the spoon.
It’s fun to play with droopy, goopy goo!

Make Room for Goop

Make room for gooey goop!
Do you choose to make goo?
Do you choose to make gooey goop?
Add water to cornstarch or flour and poof!  
Soon you will have goo and goop!
Is the goop not gooey yet? Boo hoo!
Mix up the goo and goop.
Scoop up some goo.  
Spoon the goop and make it droop off the spoon.
Give a hoot and a toot for goop and gloop.
Woo-hoo! We have gooey goop!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.