A Mute Flute


Read and write long u in words that end with the silent e (e.g., flute).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • tune
  • flute
  • mute
  • cute


  • Straws --1 for each child
  • Flute graphic --1 for each child
  • Music sign (see below)
  • Mute sign (see below)
  • Mute Flute certificate (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they will get to play a mute flute in a marching band while they read and write words spelled with the long u silent e vowel pattern (mute, tune, flute, cute).


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Play a mute flute
    • Explain to the children that if something is mute, that means it doesn't make any sound.
    • Give each child a straw and tell them this is their flute, but that it is a mute flute, because it won't make any sound! Have them pretend to play a mute flute.
    • Organize the class into the Mute Flute Marching Band. Lead the children in marching around the room with their flutes.
    • As the conductor of the Mute Flute Marching Band, hold up the Music sign (see below) when you want the children to make noise with their flutes and hold up the Mute sign (see below) when you want the children to stop making noise.


Apply the skill

  • Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity
    • As a class, think of words containing the long u and silent e vowel pattern. Read the words together as a class.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a copy of the flute graphic.
    • Instruct the children to decorate their flute graphic with words containing the long u and silent e vowel pattern.
    • Give each child a Mute Flute Marching Band certificate. Help the children fill out their certificates.
    • Instruct the children to write a sentence (on the back of their certificate) about why they did or did not like being in a mute flute marching band.




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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.