Be Brave in a Cave


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • brave
  • cave
  • save
  • wave
  • name
  • same
  • tame
  • awake
  • bathe


  • Bear graphic (see below)
  • Box to use as a cave
  • Word cards (see below)
  • Small pieces of paper or sticky notes to make letter cards
  • Be Brave in a Cave target text (see below)
  • Blake Can Wave target text (see below)
  • Letter cards for blending and manipulating words (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will pretend to be brave and go in a cave. They will read and write words with the long-a-silent-e pattern: brave, cave, save, wave, name, tame, same.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Be brave in a cave
    • Show the children the bear graphic (see below) and explain that bears usually live in caves.
    • Read Be Brave in a Cave (see target text below) with the children.
    • Invite the children to act out the story:
      • Wave at a pretend friend named Dave.
      • Promise to save Dave if he needs help in the cave.
      • Stand at one of the walls, run from one end of the room to the other, and pretend to run in the cave to save Dave.
      • Wave at the picture of the bear.
      • Walk out of the cave.
  • Join Dave in a cave



    • Show the children the bear graphic (see below) in a cave (box).
    • Tell the children that the bear’s name is Blake and he needs their help to find words with the long a silent e pattern to put in his cave.
    • Have the children read the word cards (see below).
    • Let the children put the words in the cave with Blake.
    • Have the children make their own word cards by writing words spelled with long-a-silent-e on small pieces of paper or sticky notes (i.e., cave, save, wave, name, same, tame, wake, take, lake).
    • Let the children put their word cards in Blake’s cave.


Apply the skill (Choose from the activities below)

  • Read target words in texts (see below)
    • Engage the children in reading the target text Blake Can Wave (see text below) together with the group.
    • Have the children make a list of the words with the long-a-silent-e.
    • Read the text again fading support.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Let each child practice writing words from dictation: brave, cave, save, wave, name, same, tame, awake, bathe. Then let the children write about what they did during the activity (i.e., I was brave in the cave. I waved to the bear Blake. I pretended to run from the cave.)
  • Identify, Blend and manipulate sounds
    • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the beginning or ending sound:
      • Beginning sound: cave --> wave; same --> name; wake --> bake
      • Ending sound: cave --> cake; save --> safe; take --> tame


SEEL Target Texts

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Blake Can Wave

Blake the bear can wave.
What else can Blake do?
Blake can stay awake.
Blake can stay in the same cave.
Blake can save a fish for dinner.
Blake can bathe in the river by his cave.
Blake can stay sane.
Can you do the same things as Blake?

Be Brave in a Cave

My friend Dave goes to look for a bear in a cave.
Dave is brave.
Dave gives me a wave.
Dave asks, “Will you save me if I need help in the cave?”
Dave goes into the cave and I stay outside.
Dave calls my name.
My friend needs help in the cave!
Should I be brave?
I run into the cave to save my friend Dave.
The big, black bear is awake.
But the bear is tame.
The bear gives me a wave.
Then Dave and I give the bear a wave and leave the cave.
Was I brave to go into the cave to save Dave?
I was brave and Dave was brave!



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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.