Lasso-Doodler Roundup

Time Required: Two 45-60 minute sessions
Skill Level: Beginner
Recommended Grades: K to 2nd

In this lesson, students will work with a partner to lasso words together that create contractions. Students will doodle a lasso, use it to isolate words that form contractions and then doodle the contractions to share with the class.

*Session 1 may be used for doodling the lasso.
*Session 2 may be used for lassoing and doodling the contractions.

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Lesson Plan


Step 1

Whole group: Review contractions using the ones from this lesson, i.e., do/not, she/is, I/have, we/are. *Create your own word cards to customize the words and contractions.

Step 2

Share the goal: Students will become cowboys and cowgirls. Instead of rounding up cattle, they will be rounding up words to herd them together into contractions using a doodled lasso.

Step 3

Demonstrate how to use the 3Doodler to doodle the Lasso-Doodler Stencil.

Step 4

Hand out 1 Lasso-Doodler Stencil and 1 3Doodler to each pair of students. Instruct students to work with a partner to doodle their lasso.

Step 5

Instruct students to cut out the words on the Wild West Words sheet. Hand out the pairs of scissors and then allow students to cut out each word with their partner.

Step 6

Call students back to the whole group, and model how to lasso the words that go together in order to form contractions.

Show them how to place the two words inside of the lasso.

Demonstrate how to doodle over the related contraction on the second page of the Wild West Words sheet.

*Students may use index cards to make their own contraction stencils or use the pre-made ones.

Step 7

Hand out a 3Doodler to each pair. Note the importance of the proper placement for the apostrophe.

Step 8

Circle to assist and assess as the students doodle their contractions and place them inside the doodled lasso with the apostrophe.

Wrap Up

Have each pair of students wear a cowboy hat (if you have one) as they place their doodled contractions in their lasso and say the contraction aloud to the class. Students must identify which two words create this contraction. Example: don't = do not. Share doodled lassos and contractions on Twitter. #3DoodlerEDU @3Doodler


The teacher will assess the students by observing them lasso the words that form contractions, doodle the related contraction, and read it aloud to the class. Students will place the apostrophe in the proper place.

Possible Extensions

Students will work with a partner to come up with their own contractions, write them as stencils, doodle them, lasso them and read them aloud to the class. Students will write a wild-west poem using contractions.


  • collaboration - to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor.

  • contractions - the process of becoming smaller.

  • creative thinking - a way of looking at problems or situations from a fresh and imaginative perspective.

  • language arts - the subjects (such as reading, spelling, literature, and composition) that aim at developing the student's comprehension and capacity for use of written and oral language.

  • literacy - the quality or state of being literate.

  • problem-solving - the process or act of finding a solution to a problem.

  • words - a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed.

Educational Standards

Common Core

Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.

In This Lesson

Students will correctly identify and assemble word pairs that form contractions and then doodle them as contractions.

CS Teachers

Decompose (break down) a larger problem into smaller sub-problems with teacher guidance or independently.

In This Lesson

Students will break down the process of understanding contractions, first doodling a lasso to isolate word-pairs that form contractions, and then identifying and isolating words that create contractions. They will then doodling the contractions themselves and read them aloud.


Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

In This Lesson

Students will use a 3Doodler to doodle a lasso, which will is for isolating word pairs that form contractions. They will then doodle these contractions.


Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

In This Lesson

Students will doodle a lasso and contractions.


Use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

In This Lesson

Students will confer with a partner and the whole class throughout all phases of this activity.

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