Nice Mice


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


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • ice
  • twice
  • nice
  • dice
  • slice
  • spice
  • mice


  • Toy mice or pictures (see below)
  • Two dice or pictures (see below)
  • Bowl of rice or picture (see below)
  • Ice and play money or pictures (see below)
  • Cinnamon spice or picture (see below)
  • Playdough and a plastic knife to make slices of pizza and cake or pictures (see below)
  • Sentence strips (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Nice Mice Party target text (see below)
  • Nice Mice target text (see below)


State and model the objective

Tell the children they will make a nice party for mice, and they will read and write words with the long i silent e vowel pattern: mice, nice, ice, rice, dice, slice, price.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Nice Mice Party
    • Help the children read the sentence strips (see below) about mice at a party.
    • Allow the children to use pictures (see below) and/or objects to act out the sentences:
      • Mice play with dice.
      • Mice eat some rice.
      • Mice cut a slice of pizza.
      • Mice cut a slice of cake.
      • Mice add cinnamon spice to a slice of cake.
      • Mice pay a price for ice.
      • Mice slip and fall twice.


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; slice --> spice
      • Change the vowel sound: rice --> race; spice --> space; ice --> ace
      • Change the ending sound(s): nice --> nine; rice --> ripe; slice --> slide
    • Read target words in texts
      • Have the children underline the words with the long i silent e spelling pattern in the target text Nice Mice Party (see below).
      • Read the text to the children then engage them in reading the text simultaneously with you.
      • Allow the children to read the Nice Mice Party text again fading support.
      • Repeat the supported reading process with the target text Nice Mice.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Introduce a word wall displaying target words from the lesson (i.e., mice, nice, ice, rice, dice, slice, price) 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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The Nice Mice

I see some mice.
The mice can do many amazing things.
The mice play with dice.
The mice eat rice.
The mice slide on ice.
The mice pay a price for ice.
The mice make a cake with cinnamon spice.
How nice to see all the things the mice can do!

A Nice Party for Mice

Some mice had a nice party.
At the party the nice mice…
Played with dice.
Drank punch with ice.
Ate a slice of cake with spice.
Cut a slice of pizza twice.
What a nice party for mice!



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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.