stop cop


Read and write words ending in –op.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • stop
  • cop
  • hop
  • mop
  • drop
  • chop


  • Cop Badge
  • Stop Sign
  • Word Cards
  • Word blending cards
  • Whiteboard or chart paper

The children will play a game like Red Light/Green Light as they read and write words ending in –op.

Literacy Activities
Stop Cop

  • Give each child a cop badge and help the children decide what kind of –op Cop they would like to be (e.g., hop, mop, bop) and write it on their badge. Have the children read their cop badges to others in the class.
  • Display each word card to the children and as a group, come up with an action that goes with that word (e.g. mop: pretend to mop the floor, drop: repeatedly pretend to drop something then pick it back up, etc.).
  • Explain that they will now play a game called Stop Cop (similar to Red Light/Green Light).
  • The Stop Cop will choose an –op word card to read aloud; everyone will do the –op action associated with that word while moving slowly toward the Stop Cop.
  • When the Cop wants everyone to stop doing the action, he or she will hold up the stop sign and everyone will shout, “Stop Cop!”
  • If somebody continues to move after the Stop Cop raises the stop sign, that person is out. Whoever reaches the Stop Cop first wins.
  • Repeat as desired, allowing multiple children the chance to be the Stop Cop.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel:
    • stop flop; hop cop; bop mop
    • cop cup; mop  map; stop step
    • hop hot; cop  cod; flop flock

Read and write target words

  • Show the children the word cards and have them read the cards aloud as a class. 
  • Have the children read the word cards again, and this time have them write down the word after it has been read.


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words ending in -op.


  • Stop Sign and Cop Badge
  • Sentence and Word Cards
  • Paper and pencil

Activity: Stop Cop

  • Decide who will be the cop, give that person the badge and stop sign, and stand on opposite sides of the room. 
  • The cop will draw an -op action card, read it, and tell the other person what to do.
  • The other person will perform the action while moving towards the cop until the cop holds up the stop sign, telling the player to stop the action. The player doing the action will shout, "Stop, cop!"
  • Repeat the activity several times, switching roles each time.
  • Help your child make and write sentences using the sentence and word cards.
  • Look through the sentences with your child and find the -op words. Read the -op words together.Cop-badge-Stop-sign
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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.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)