Mr. Bones Needs Bones


Read and write words with long o and silent e pattern (e.g. bone, stone).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bone
  • stone
  • phone
  • cone
  • throne


  • Skeleton graphic (see below)
  • Bones graphics to match or attach (see below)
  • Real chicken or beef bone (optional)
  • Wish bone graphic (see below)
  • Mr. Bones Wishes for Bones target text (see below)
  • Mr. Bones Wants his Bones! target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they're going to play with Mr. Bones (display skeleton graphic) as they read and write words spelled with the long o silent e letter pattern (e.g., cone, stone, throne, phone).

Practice the skill within an activity


  • Show a real bone (optional)
  • Have the children write the word bone on a paper bone or as they quickly draw a bone.
  • Introduce Mr. Bones, a picture of a skeleton (see graphic below).
  • Introduce a picture of a wish bone and comment on the tradition of making a wish.
  • Tell the children that Mr. Bones wishes for more bones and make a list of the bones he could use: hip bone, knee bone, back bone, rib bone, neck bone.
  • Match the bones to the graphic of the skeleton.

Apply the skill

Manipulate sounds

  • With letters placed on cards or bottle caps, have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants. Children can also change the vowel to create new words with a long vowel and silent e pattern:
    • bone → tone, stone → phone, cone → code, stone →tone
    • hope → hole, note → nose, home → hope, pole → hole
    • cone → cane, cane → came, lone → lane, lone → line, pole → pile

Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity (see texts below)

  • Read the target text Mr. Bones Wishes for Bones together as a class/group.
  • Read the targe text again, fading support when possible.
  • Have the children underline the words with the long o and silent e pattern.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • List types of bones with simple phonic patterns: hip bone, leg bone, hand bone, rib bone, neck bone, back bone, nose bone.
  • Read the list to the children. Have the children play a memory game by writing out as many of these bones they can remember - e.g., hip bone, leg bone, etc.
  • Have the children fill in incomplete sentences by picking from options presented verbally or in writing:
    • “If I had a wish bone, I would wish for…” (a phone, a throne, a snow cone)
    • “If I had a wish bone, I would not wish…” (to be alone, for a stone, to drop my phone)
  • Have the children underline words in their sentences that contain the long o and silent e pattern.

SEEL Target Texts

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Mr. Bones Wishes for Bones

Mr. Bones can use a wish bone to wish for things.
He can wish for . . . .
A hip bone
An arm bone
A foot bone
A leg bone
A hand bone
A toe bone
A rib bone
A neck bone
A back bone

Mr. Bones Wants Bones!

Mr. Bones wants his bones!!!
Mr. Bones can use a wish bone to wish for more bones.
But he won’t use his wish bone to wish for . . . .
A stone
A phone
A snow cone
An ice cream cone
All Mr. Bones needs are his bones!!



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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.