Salt Makes Ice Melt

Salt Makes Ice Melt
Target text


Read, write, and identify words ending with the /lt/ blend.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • salt
  • melt
  • wilt
  • tilt
  • halt
  • belt


  • Ice and table salt
  • Salt water in a container or vase
  • Salt Will Make a Snowman Melt target text 
  • Flower with stem
    • Note: If possible, let the children put a flower in salty water one day before teaching this activity
  • Don’t Melt Snails with Salt target text 
  • Paper, watercolor paint, brushes, and water

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they use salt to make ice melt while they read and write words with the /lt/ blend such as salt, halt, melt, felt, wilt, and belt.

Literacy Activities
Watch salt make ice melt

  • Ask the children if they have ever noticed that people put salt on icy roads.
  • Explain that pouring salt on ice makes the ice melt.
  • Tilt the salt container to pour salt on some ice and watch it melt.
  • Engage the children in a reader’s theater using the text Salt Will Make a Snowman Melt.
  • Emphasize the words in the text with the /lt/ blend.

See how salt makes a flower wilt

  • Explain that salt can hurt things like plants and snails. Tell the children that salt can cause a snail to melt and can cause flowers to wilt.
  • Show the children a flower that has been standing in a container or vase of salt water.
  • Note how the flower stands at a tilt and tends to wilt. Explain that this is because the salt makes it difficult for the flower to absorb water and other nutrients.
  • Engage the children in a reader’s theater using the text Don’t Melt snails with Salt.
  • Emphasize the words in the text with the –lt blend.

More Practice
Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Have the children write words from the activity with the /lt/ blend with a permanent marker. Let the children paint around the words using watercolors then sprinkle salt on the paper. Comment how the salt leaves white spots on the paper because it soaks up the water and paint.
  • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write about what they did when they watched the salt melt ice and cause a flower to wilt. Have them include some of these words: salt, melt, result, wilt, or tilt.
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SEEL Target Texts

Salt Will Make a Snowman Melt

Narrator: "Once there was a snowman who just stood in the yard. He stood there with his belt and felt hat."
Elf: "Hey, snowman! Don’t just stand there. Don’t just sun yourself in my yard! Pick yourself up and move! You better bolt or I’ll pelt you with salt."
Snowman: "Yelp! Help! Halt! No salt! Salt will make me melt! I’ll melt!"
Elf: "Yup, spilt salt on a snowman will not bring a good result."
Narrator: "So the elf felt sad for the snowman. He did not want his salt to make the snowman melt. But the sun DID make the snowman melt. Poor snowman!"

Don't Melt Snails with Salt!

Narrator: "Once there was a gardener who had trouble with a snail."
Gardener: "Hey, snail! If you eat my plants, I’ll get out the salt. You better bolt!"
Snail: "Yelp! Help! Halt! No salt! Salt will make me melt!"
Narrator: "Spilt salt on the snail will make it melt. And, spilt salt on the gardener’s plants will make them wilt. So salt will not bring a good result."
Gardener: "Snail, please bolt! I do not want to get out the salt."
Narrator: "So the snail left. And the gardener felt glad because the snail left. So he put away his salt. The gardener did not want the snail to melt."
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.