OO I Got It!

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 11977

Cows don't know how to spell, but they do know how to make the /oo/ sound when they moo! You will learn how to spell the /oo/ sound six different ways with a fun interactive quiz and homemade chart!



learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What sound do these pictures have in common?

soup, balloon, and jewelry

You may have said that the three pictures have the /oo/ sound.

You are right! Did you know that all three pictures use a different spelling for the /oo/ sound? Look at the words below and tell your parent or teacher how the oo sound is spelled:




"Ou" in soup makes the /oo/ sound. The /oo/ sound in balloon is spelled with the letters "oo." "Ew" in jewel makes the /oo/ sound.

There are three other ways to spell the /oo/ sound. Do you know what they are? Share your ideas with your parent or teacher. If you do not know the other spellings, that is okay — you will learn them here.

The /oo/ sound is also spelled with a "u consonant e," as in "flute." When u is at the end of a word or syllable, it can make the /oo/ sound, as in "flu." The sixth way to spell the /oo/ sound is "ue," as in "blue."

Thinking of these key words can help you remember the spellings of the /oo/ sound:

  ou soup /oo/
  oo balloon /oo/
  ew jewel /oo/
  u consonant e flute /oo/
  u flu /oo/
  ue blue /oo/


To decide the correct spelling to use in a word when you hear the /oo/ sound, you can remember a few rules:

  1. "Ue" and "ew" always come at the end of the word, as in "blue" and "chew."
  2. "U" comes at the end of an open syllable. This is the only vowel in the syllable and comes at the end, as in "flu."
  3. When you are unsure of the correct spelling, you can try different spellings, or look the word up in a dictionary.

Can you think of examples for Rules #1 and #2? Share them with your parent or teacher.

Now, move on to the Got It? section.

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