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A Stone in a Cone
Target text


Read and write words with the long o vowel spelled with a silent e. 

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • cone
  • bone
  • lone
  • stone
  • phone


  • A few small stones
  • Paper cone template*
  • Word-building cards*
  • Pictures of a bone*
  • A Stone in My Cone target text*
  • A Cone without a Stone target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will pretend to find a stone in an ice cream cone and will read and write words with long-o-silent-e words, such as cone, stone, bone, lone, and phone.

Literacy Activities
Make a cone

  • Let the children roll a round piece of paper to form a cone (see below).  
  • Have the children write the word cone on the cone.
  • Make strips of paper to write other -one words on.
  • Ask the children to place the -one words cone inside the cone
  • Have the children put a crumpled piece of paper in their cone to make a pretend ice cream cone.

Find a stone or a bone in a cone

  • Slip small stones or pictures of stones (see below) in some cones.
  • Slip pictures of bones (see below) into some cones.
  • Let the children pretend to lick the cone and find the stone or bone.  
  • Have children slip stones or bones in some other cones.
  • Have the children exclaim, “Oh no! There is a stone in my cone!”

Phone home to tell about stones in cones

  • Pretend to hand out phones.
  • Ask the children to phone home and exclaim, “I found a stone (or bone) in an ice cream cone!”

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

  • Change the beginning consonant(s): conebone, phoneshone, lonebone, stonescone
  • Change the vowel: conecane, lonelane, shoneshine
  • Change the ending consonant(s): bonebore, shoneshore, stonestore, sconescore

Read target words

  • Display the Stone in My Cone target text (see below) for everyone to see.
  • Read the story to and then with the class.
  • Repeat with A Cone without a Stone (see below).

Write about the activity 

  • Have the children write -one words from dictation to put in their cones (e.g., scone, shone, phone, cone, stone, bone, lone).
  • Write -one words on the board and read them with the class.
  • Have the children write a letter home saying that they found a stone in their cone.

SEEL Target Texts

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Stone in my Cone

I went to get an ice cream cone.
I licked the ice cream in the cone.
Then I felt something in my cone.
There was a stone in my cone!
So I picked up the phone and called the cone store.
A guy said, “What, a stone in your cone?”
Who put a stone in your cone?
Put down that phone and bring me your cone.”
So we traded a cone with a stone for a cone with no stone.

A Cone without a Stone

I got an ice cream cone.
Oh no! What’s in my cone?
There’s a stone in my cone!
I do NOT want a cone with a stone!
Did you get a stone in your cone?
I got an ice cream cone.
Oh no! What’s in my cone?
There’s a bone in my cone!
I do NOT want a cone with a bone!
Did you get a bone in your cone?
Do you want a cone with a bone or a stone?
I don’t want a cone with a stone or a bone!
I do NOT want a stone or a bone in MY cone!
I want just a plain ice cream cone!



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.