cats like to chase mice

Cats Like to Chase Mice

Cats Like to Chase Mice
Target text


Read and write words with a silent e.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • mice
  • nice
  • hole
  • like
  • safe
  • game
  • chase


  • Picture of a cat*
  • Picture cards*
  • A Cat is Not Nice to Mice target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will play hide-and-seek with a cat and some mice and that they will read and write words with a silent e, such as like, nice, mice, hole, chase, and safe.

Literacy Activities
Read A Cat is Not Nice to Mice

  • Read the A Cat is Not Nice to Mice target text (see below) with the children.
  • Give each child a picture of a mouse (see below).
  • When the children read the word cat in the text, have them hide their mouse (e.g., in their pocket, under their chair).
  • Have the children read words with a silent e  (e.g., mice, chase, hide, awake, hole, safe, nice, like).

Play hide-and-seek

  • Set out three mouse hole pictures (see below) and choose a child to hide two mouse pictures (see below) under one of them. 
  • Choose one child to hold the cat picture.
  • Have the children write mice on the mouse hole picture they think the mice are hidden under.
  • Let the child holding the cat check for the hidden mice.
  • Have the children write sentences using silent-e target words (e.g., Mice are safe in the hole, The cat is not nice to mice).

Contrast the number of letters and sounds

  • List silent-e target words (e.g., mice, nice, hole, like, safe, game) and explain that the silent e makes the vowel say its name.
  • Write a silent-e word (e.g., like) and ask:
    • How many letters does it have? (e.g., four, l + i + k + e)
    • How many sounds does it have? (e.g., three, l + i + k)
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SEEL Target Texts

A Cat is Not Nice to Mice

We are mice.
We do not like cats.

A cat can chase us.
A cat likes to catch us.
So we run and hide when the cat is awake.
We hide in our hole.
We can be safe in our hole.

We like it when the cat is not awake.
We like it when the cat naps.
We can run and play games.
We do not trust a cat to be nice.
A cat is not nice to 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.