phonics: double OO

Last week we learned about the double /oo/ sound... (example: good, book, cook).
This is such a hard one to remember, because it isn't an actual vowel sound.

Instead, it sounds like a muscle man flexing his huge muscles.

That's why I called in the big guns.

My big/younger brother, Mr. Cody, came to teach my students about the double /oo/ sound.
Let's just say that my students were in awe at his huge muscles.

Everytime he flexed his arms, he would make the double /oo/ sound (as in book) and he would have the students do it with him. They thought it was great!

He also told them a story about a girl named Brooke whom he was trying to impress at school (which made them giggle). He said that she was only impressed with the double /oo/ sound. He had the kids come up with a list of words that had the correct double /oo/ sound. They wanted to help Mr. Cody impress Brooke!

I made a poster of Mr. Cody flexing his muscles,
so my students can always remember the double /oo/ sound.

After, Mr. Cody taught them how to flex their muscles with the double /oo/ sound, he wanted to arm wrestle. However, he wouldn't let my first graders use their strength. He made them use their brains! They could only move his arm down with double /oo/ words. Everytime they would say a double /oo/ word (and they knew a lot), they could move Mr. Cody's arm towards the table.

The first graders all beat Mr. Cody!
That just proves that brains are better than muscles!

We also made some Double-OO Looking Glasses:

My students loved them and they thought they were so funny!
This was also a great way to assess their learning.

Click the picture to download!



  1. Thanks for posting! I'm teaching my students this sound on Monday!

  2. love this idea... I am so glad that you commented on my blog and that I found yours.

  3. What a great idea. And what a great sport your brother is!

  4. haha what a fabulous idea ;)

  5. What a wonderful idea! You have a great brother!

  6. What a great idea!! :)

    I'm glad I found your blog.

    Thanks for sharing.


  7. Oh my gosh! I can't handle the cuteness! What a nice brother!

  8. What a great brother to do that for your class!

    L-O-V-E those glasses! We'll definitely be making those in my room soon. Thanks for the great idea!


  9. This is such a fantastic lesson. I am in love with it, Now if only I could find a Cody for my class. We studied "oo" last week and although my Tatter Tots kind of got it I felt they were still a little weak. I am going to try this when I reteach. Maybe I can get our Principal, aka Captain Read, to visit our room and try some of this.


    Ms. M

  10. Awesome idea! So stinkin' cute! Love it!

  11. So so cute Linds! I love that your brother came in. They really remember things like this. And I love the double o glasses!


  12. What a great idea. I will be showing the students MY GUNS..LOL! Thanks for the glasses.

  13. What a good sport your brother is! This is such a good idea..we've covered the 'oo' sound a while ago, but these are going in the file for next year. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Hahahaha!! This makes me laugh so much I have to do it. Now to find an unsuspecting victim... ;)


  15. Man - this made me laugh! I wish I knew a muscle man!! Very cute!!



  16. Love this idea! I'm always looking for cute phonics hooks for my students! Will definitely be using this one next year!

  17. I love these. Thank you so much, Lindsey!

    Grade ONEderful

  18. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing- wish we could great Mr. Cody to come demonstrate for us:-)

  19. Lindsey,

    Hey this is Nikki (Chambers) Bean, we had Math 2010 or 2020 together forever ago! I'm not sure if you remember me, though I do keep up with you on facebook. Anyway, I am in the levels at weber now (after moving all around the country for a couple of years), and I'm teaching an /oo/ lesson in my field experience this coming week. I was looking for ideas, and your site was the first hit! I was like "Hey! I know her!" It looks like you have a really fun and creative classroom. And your tpt stuff looks awesome! Congratulations on all of your success!


thanks for the love ♥

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