scream for ice cream
Read and write words with the long e vowel pattern -ea.
- Picture of ice cream*
- Cotton balls
- Word-building cards*
- Scream for Ice Cream target text*
- Beam at the Sight of Ice Cream target text*
- Real ice cream and whipped cream (optional)
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
The children will pretend to scream for ice cream as they read and write words spelled with the long e vowel pattern, such as cream, scream, team, dream, gleam, and steam.
Scream for ice cream
- Show the children the picture of ice cream (see below) and ask if they like ice cream.
- Tell the children that they will act as a team and do things together.
- Read the Scream for Ice Cream target text (see below) and have the children act out the text using paper for ice cream and cotton balls for whipped cream:
- Join a team to make ice cream.
- Scream for cream to make the ice cream.
- Whip and freeze the cream to make ice cream.
- Scream for whipped cream.
- Put whipped cream on the ice cream.
- Have the children write “I scream for ice scream,” on a piece of paper and then roll the paper into a ball.
- Let the children pretend to eat their ice cream.
- Have the children pretend to sleep and dream of ice cream.
- Have the children pretend to wake up and say that they had a dream about ice cream and whipped cream.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
With word-building cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing either the beginning or ending consonants:
- Change the beginning consonant(s): dream→ gleam, scream→ stream, real→ deal, steam→ seam
- Change the ending consonant: cream→ creak, beam→ beat, steam→ steal
Read target words in texts
- Engage the children in reading Beam at the Sight of Ice Cream (see below):
- Have the children write a list of the words spelled with -ea.
- Read the text again, fading support
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation (e.g., cream, scream, team, beam, dream, gleam, steam, stream, eat, real, deal).
- Let them write about what they did with ice cream (e.g., “My team likes to scream for ice cream with whipped cream. I beam when I get to eat ice cream. I had a dream that I had real ice cream).
SEEL Target Texts
Beam at the Sight of Ice Cream
We scream for the ice cream.
We beam when we get the ice cream.
We scream for the whipped cream.
We beam when we get the whipped cream.
What a dream—to get ice cream with whipped cream!
Scream for Ice Cream
Our team lets out a scream for ICE CREAM!
We scream for ice cream!
We scream, “We want ice cream!”
“Whipped cream! Whipped cream!”
Our team lets out a scream for whipped cream.
We scream for whipped cream!
We scream, “We want whipped cream on our ice cream!”
What a dream!
Scream for Ice Cream