Mice on Ice


Read and write words with the long i silent e vowel pattern (e.g., ice, mice).


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ice
  • mice
  • nice
  • twice


  • Pictures of mice (see below)
  • Sheet of ice (e.g., blue paper, tray with salt, cellophane)
  • Fish word cards (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Mice on Ice target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will pretend to watch mice skate on ice and they will read and write words with the long i silent e vowel pattern: ice, mice, nice, twice.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Ice skating
    • Set up a pretend sheet of ice (e.g., blue paper, tray with salt, cellophane).
    • Have the children label the ice nice ice.
    • Point out that both words end with the long i silent e vowel pattern and explain that the letter c makes the /s/ sound when followed by the letter e.
    • Read the text Mice on Ice to the children.
    • Allow the children to use the sheet of ice and mice pictures as they pretend to watch mice slide and glide on the ice.
    • Ask the children to pretend to have the mice slip and fall twice.
    • Have the children make a list of words from the activity that end with –ice (i.e., ice, nice, mice, twice).
  • Ice fishing
    • Place the word cards under the pretend sheet of ice.
    • Allow the children pretend to ice fish by pulling out the fish word cards from under the ice.
    • Have the children read the word on each fish word card as they pretend to fish.
    • Allow the children to create their own word cards by writing words that end with –ice on small pieces of paper.
    • Let the children pretend to fish again using the new word cards.


Apply the skill

  • Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
    • With word blending letter cards (see below), help the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
      • Change the beginning sound(s): nice --> mice; rice --> dice; twice --> price
      • Change the vowel sound: rice --> race; lice --> lace; ice --> ace
      • Change the ending sound(s): mice --> mine; rice --> ride; lice --> lime
  • Read target words in texts
    • Have the children underline the words with the long i silent e spelling pattern in the target text Mice on Ice (see below).
    • Read the text to the children then engage them in reading the text simultaneously with you.
    • Allow the children to read the Mice on Ice target text again fading support.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Introduce a word wall displaying target words from the lesson (i.e., mice, ice, nice, twice) and have the children write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text using words from the word wall.

SEEL Target Texts

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Mice on Ice

There is ice on the lake.
The ice is very nice.
I can ice skate today!
I like to ice skate.
But last week I slipped on the ice twice!

I see mice coming on the ice.
There are mice on the ice!
They like to slide and glide on the ice.
Those silly mice love the ice!

I like to see mice sliding and gliding on ice.



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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.