Target text
Kindergarten Decode Hop to a Popcorn Shop


Working with -op Words:

The children will hop to shops and pop popcorn

Target Words: pop, shop, stop, hop, top, drop

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

pop, shop, stop, hop, top, drop


  • Popcorn kernels
  • Hot air popcorn popper
  • Popcorn box graphics 
  • Shop signs
  • Letter cards
  • Popcorn Word worksheet
  • Hop to a Popcorn Shop target text
  • iPad - Hideout: Early Reading app -op Popcorn activity

Literacy Activities
Hop to a Popcorn Shop

  • Give the children popcorn kernels in a cup that they cover with a top (their hand).
  • Have the children hop from shop to shop, looking for a place to pop their popcorn.
  • When they reach the Popcorn Shop, have the children drop their kernels into a popcorn popper and hop as they hear the kernels pop.
  • Fill the children’s cups with popcorn until they say, “Stop!” then have them put the top back on and hop back to eat their popcorn.

Read the Hop to a Popcorn Shop target text

  • Read the Hop to the Popcorn Shop target text to and with the children.
  • Let the children take turns underlining the -op words in the text.
  • Have the children hop when they hear an -op word.

More Practice
Make Popcorn Words

  • Have the children make -op words using the letter cards and then write the words on the Popcorn Word page.

Practice -op on the Hideout: Early Reading app 

  • Have children use the Hideout: Early Reading app on an iPad to pop virtual popcorn and read and build -op words.


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words that end with -op.


  • A cup
  • Popcorn kernels (or microwave popcorn)
  • Popcorn popper (or microwave)
  • Word building cards
  • Popcorn Words sheet

Activity: Hop and pop popcorn

  • Put a few kernels of popcorn in a cup and hop with your child to a pretend popcorn shop (the kitchen) to pretend to pop popcorn.  
  • Drop kernels in a pot and make them hop (or pop popcorn for real).
  • Hop and say pop with your child as the kernels pop and hop.
  • Help your child make -op words with the word building cards and write them on the Popcorn Words sheet.
  • Hop and pop like popcorn as you take turns saying -op words, such as hop, pop, drop, and stop.

Popcorn squares


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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)