nice mice

Nice Mice
Target text


Read and write words with the long-i-silent-e vowel pattern.


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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • ice
  • mice
  • nice
  • dice
  • slice
  • spice
  • twice


  • Toy mice or picture of mice*
  • Two dice or picture of dice*
  • Picture of a bowl of rice*
  • Ice or picture of ice*
  • Play money or picture of money* 
  • Picture of cinnamon spice*
  • Sentence strips*
  • Word-building cards*
  • Nice Mice Party target text*
  • Nice Mice target text*
  • Playdough and a plastic knife

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will make a nice party for mice and will read and write words with the long-i-silent-e vowel pattern, such as mice, nice, ice, rice, dice, slice, and price.

Literacy Activities
Nice mice party

  • Help the children read the sentence strips (found below) about mice at a party.
  • Allow the children to use the objects or the pictures (found below) to act out the sentences:
    • Mice play with dice.
    • Mice eat rice.
    • Mice cut a slice of pizza.
    • Mice cut a slice of cake.
    • Mice add spices to a slice of pizza.
    • Mice pay a price for ice.
    • Mice pay a price for spices.
    • Mice pay a price for rice.
    • Mice pay a price for a slice of pizza.
    • Mice slip and fall twice.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
With word-building cards (found below), help the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:

  • Change the beginning consonant(s): nicemice, ricedice, slicespice
  • Change the vowel sound: ricerace, spicespace, ice→  ace
  • Change the ending consonant: nicenine, riceripe, sliceslide

Read target words in texts

  • Read the target text Nice Mice Party (found below) to the children and then again with the children, fading support. 
  • Have the children underline the words with the long-i-silent-e spelling pattern.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Introduce a word wall displaying target words (e.g., mice, nice, ice, rice, dice, slice, price, twice, spice).
  • Have the children write about nice mice skating on ice or nice mice paying a price for spice, rice, or a slice of pizza. 
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SEEL Target Texts

Nice Mice

I see some mice.
The mice do lots of things.
The mice play with dice.
The mice eat rice.
The mice slide on ice.
The mice pay a price for ice.
The mice put spice on rice.
The mice slice pizza into slices.
How nice to see all the things the mice can do!

A Nice Party for Mice

Some mice had a nice party.
At the party the nice mice . . .
  • Played with dice.
  • Had a drink with ice.
  • Ate a slice of cake.
  • Ate rice with spices.
  • Put spices on slices of pizza.
  • Cut a slice of pizza twice.
What a nice party for mice!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.