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Mr. Bones Needs Bones
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bone
  • cone
  • stone
  • phone
  • throne


  • Brads or string
  • Skeleton parts cutouts (large and small)*
  • Picture of a wishbone* 
  • Real bone or picture of a bone*
  • Mr. Bones Wishes for Bones target text*
  • Mr. Bones Wants Bones! target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will play with Mr. Bones, a skeleton, and read and write words with a long o, such as bone, cone, stone, throne, and phone.
Literacy Activities
Show bones

  • Show a bone or picture of a bone (found below).
  • Have the children quickly draw a bone and label it bone.
  • Introduce Mr. Bones’ skull (found below) and explain that Mr. Bones wishes to have more bones.
  • Read the Mr. Bones Wishes for Bones target text (found below) with the children and make a list of the bones Mr. Bones needs.
  • Show the children a picture of a wishbone and comment on the tradition of pulling apart a wishbone to make a wish.
  • Have two children pull the paper wishbone (found below) apart so Mr. Bones can get his wish.
  • Match the small circles on the bones to their corresponding parts to build Mr. Bones’ skeleton then connect them with brads or string.
  • Read the text again as you point to the matching bones on the skeleton.

Manipulate sounds
With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel:

  • Change the beginning consonant(s): bonetone, stonephone, stonetone, polehole
  • Change the ending consonant: conecode, hopehole, notenose, homehope, canecame
  • Change the vowel: conecane, lonelane, loneline, polepile

Read target words and patterns introduced in the activity 

  • Read Mr. Bones Wants Bones (found below) with the children.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words with the long-o-silent-e pattern.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Have the children fill in incomplete sentences by picking from options:
    • “If I had a wishbone, I would wish for . . .” (a phone, a throne, a snow cone).
    • “If I had a wishbone, I would not wish . . .” (to be alone, for a stone, to drop my phone).

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Mr. Bones Wishes for Bones

Mr. Bones can use a wish bone to wish for things.
He can wish for . . .
a hip bone,
an arm bone,
a foot bone,
a leg bone,
a hand bone,
a toe bone,
a rib bone,
a neck bone,
and a back bone.

Mr. Bones Wants Bones!

Mr. Bones wants his bones!!!
Mr. Bones can use a wishbone to wish for more bones.
But he won’t use his wishbone to wish for . . .
a stone,
a phone,
a snow cone,
or an ice cream cone.
All Mr. Bones needs are his bones!!



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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.