A Space to Trace


Read and write words that end with –ace.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • face
  • trace
  • lace
  • space
  • place
  • pace


  • Shoelaces (or strings or yarn with masking tape tips on the ends to make into lacing strings)
  • Face graphic that children can trace with laces (see below)
  • Word tracing cards (see below)
  • Large parts of a face graphics (see below)
  • Silly face graphics (see below)
  • Pace Around a Face song (see below) sung to the tune of Happy and You Know It
    • https://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/childrens/happy-and-you-know-it/index.htm
  • Trace a Shoelace to Make a Face target text (see below)
  • Word blending letter cards (see below)


State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will trace a face, and they will read and write words that end with -ace: face, trace, lace, space, place, pace.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Trace a shoelace to make a face
    • Give the children shoelaces or lacing strings and the face graphic to trace (see below).
    • Tell the children to find a space to place their picture to trace.
    • Have the children place the shoelaces on the graphic to trace the edge and parts of the face.
    • Invite the children to turn the page over so they can create a new face.
    • Have the children use a lace to create the outside of a face then trace it with a crayon.
    • Ask the children to use a lace to make a mouth on the face and trace it with a crayon.
    • Have the children add a nose and two eyes to the face with a lace and trace them with a crayon.
    • Give the children word tracing cards (see below) to trace and have them read the words.
  • Pace around a face
    • Help the children make a large oval face shape on the floor with shoelaces (or lacing strings).
    • Have the children add the large face parts (see graphics below) to complete the face.
    • Read the song Pace Around a Face with the children then invite the children to sing the song as they pace around the face (explain that pace means to walk slowly).
    • Give the children the silly graphics (see below) and have them trace the faces and label each face by writing face.


Apply the skill (Choose from the activities below)

  • Phonological Awareness
    • With word blending letter cards (see below), help the children make the following words by changing the beginning or ending consonant sounds: face --> lace; pace --> race; trace --> space; face --> fade; race --> rate; pace --> pane.
  • Read target words in texts
    • Engage the children in reading the target text Trace a Lace to Make a Face (see below).
    • Have the children make a list of the words in the text that use the -ace pattern.
    • Read the text together again, fading support.
    • Repeat with the target text for the song Pace Around a Face.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Help the children create a word wall (or use one previously created) of –ace words (i.e., face, lace, trace, pace) then have children write sentences about the activity using words from the word wall (e.g., I can trace a face).

SEEL Target Texts

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Trace a Shoelace to Make a Face

You can use a shoelace to trace a face.
Find some space to trace.
Place a piece of paper in that space.
Place a lace in the shape of a face.
Trace the lace to make the face.
Place a lace to trace a mouth.
Add a nose and two eyes.
Did you make a face?

Pace Around a Face

Sung to tune of Happy and You Know it (https://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/childrens/happy-and-you-know-it/index.htm)
Oh we’ll pace around a face,
around a face.
Oh we’ll pace around a face,
around a face.
Oh we’ll pace around a face
til we get back to our place.
Oh we’ll pace around a face,
around a face.



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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.