I Hope to Go to the Ski Slope


Read and write words that end in –ope.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rope
  • slope
  • mope
  • hope
  • cope


  • Paper doll
  • White paper (inclined like a ski slope)
  • Popsicle sticks (to be small skis)
  • Rope
  • A Rope on the Ski Slope target text (see below)
  • I Mope if I Can’t Go to the Slopes target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they will be pull a paper doll (show the doll) up a ski slope with a rope as they read and write words that end in the long o spelling ope.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Ski down the slope
    • Set the piece of white paper so that it is sloped to make the paper doll’s ski slope.
    • Put the popsicle stick skis on the paper doll.
    • Have one child help the paper doll hold onto the rope and another child pull the rope up the slope.
    • Let the doll ski down the slope.
    • Read the target texts below and have the children act out the scenes.


Apply the skill

  • Read target words in a text
    • Engage the children in shared or interactive reading of the texts (see below). Point out the words that end in –ope.
    • As a class, make a list of words that end in –ope.
    • Have the children write about what they hope when they go to the ski slope using as many –ope words from the list as possible.


SEEL Target Texts

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A Rope on the Ski Slope

I know of a great ski slope.
But when there’s no snow, I start to mope.
I wait for snow with such great hope.
Then I strap on my skis and grab the rope.
The rope pulls me up the slope.
And I ski down with hope.
I hope I won’t fall.
Then I stop and begin to mope.
What happened to my hope?
Will I cope with the bumps on the slope?
I will not give up hope. Nope!
I will ski down the slope.
Before I know it, I’ll make it down that slope!

I Mope If I Can’t Go to the Slopes

I like to go to the ski slopes.
I mope when there isn’t any snow.
But I’m not a dope! Nope!
I always go when there is snow.
When it is snowing, I don’t lope along.
I quickly get to the slopes.
I hang onto the rope and let it pull me up.
Then I ski down the slope with such great hope.



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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.