Scoop Up Loops

Scoop Up Loops
Target text


Read and write words with the long oo.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • loop
  • hoop
  • scoop
  • swoop
  • droop
  • stoop


  • Strips of paper to make into loops
  • Paper strips to loop into words*
  • Glue, staples, or tape to make loops
  • A scoop, spoon, or scooped hands
  • String
  • Word-building cards* 
  • Sentence frames*
  • Let’s Make Loops target text*
  • Scoop up Loops target text* 
  • Let Loops Droop target text* 
  • Swoop Down to Scoop Up Loops target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make loops and read and write words with the long oo vowel, such as scoop, loop, and droop. 

Literacy Activities
Scoop up loops  

  • Let the children write the word loop on strips of paper and turn the strips into loops by stapling the ends together.
  • Place a loop made out of string on the floor. 
  • Have the children place their paper loops in the loop of string on the floor.
  • Allow the children to stoop, swoop down, and scoop up or spoon up the loops.

Make loops with words

  • Let the children bend the paper strips (found below) to make -oo words and then staple the ends together.
  • Have the children read the words they made by blending the word parts together. 
  • Place the loops with -oop words in a hoop or loop placed on the ground.
  • Allow the children to choose loops from the hoop or loop placed on the ground and have them read the word on the loop. 

Let loops droop

  • Have the children write -oo words from dictation on strips of paper (e.g., scoop, stoop, loop, hoop, swoop, shoot, spoon, spook, loot, soon, boost).
  • Have the children turn the strips of paper into loops.
  • Let the children make a chain of loops.
  • Fasten the ends of the chain together and let the loops droop.
  • Hang the droopy loops.

More Practice 
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • Let the children make -oo words with the word-building cards (found below) by changing the beginning and ending consonant(s).
    • Change the beginning consonant(s): loop hoop; goopcoop; scoopswoop; noonmoon.
    • Change the ending consonant(s): swoopswooshswoon; goongoop.

Read target words

  • Read the Let’s Make Loops target text (found below) to the children.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat the supported reading with any of the other target texts found below (e.g., Scoop up Loops, Let Loops Droop, Swoop Down to Scoop Up Loops).

Write about the activity using target words

  • Display words on a word wall (e.g., loop, hoop, scoop, swoop, stoop, swoosh, spoon,  loose, choose, hooray, phooey, droop, whoosh, too, soon.)
  • Have the children fill in the sentence frames (found below) with the appropriate oo words.
  • Ask the children to write a sentence or two about scooping and spooning up loops, making chains of droopy loops, and having some loops get loose when they scooped them up.
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SEEL Target Texts

Make Loops Droop

You can make a lot of loops droop.
Make a chain of loops.
Loop together lots of loops.
Loop the two ends of the chain of loops together to make a circle.
Hang the loops by one loop, and the circle of loops will droop.  
Use the loop of string to hang the chain of loops.
The loops will droop!

Scoop Up Loops

Look! Loops are piled up in a hoop.
Choose some loops to swoop up. Swoop and stoop down.
Scoop up loops!  Swoosh!
Don’t let the loops get loose!
How many loops can you scoop up?

Let's Make Loops

Here is how to make a chain of loops:
  • Make a loop
  • Loop one strip through the loop.
  • Then loop a strip through that loop too.
  • Add loops to loops.
  • Loop loops together.
Soon you will have a lot of loops.
Soon you will have a chain of loops.

Swoop Down to Scoop Up Loops

Make lots of loops and pile the loops on the ground.
Swoop down and scoop up some loops with your hands.
Swoop down and scoop up loops with a scoop.  
Swoop down and scoop up loops with a spoon.
Swoop down to scoop up loops.
How many loops can you scoop up?
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.