Wipe Stripes Off a Pipe


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • gripe
  • pipe
  • ripe
  • swipe
  • wipe
  • stripe


  • Dry erase markers to make stripes and wipes, (or paper towels/tissues) to wipe stripes off pipes
  • Small piece or pieces of PVC pipes
  • --ipe word cards (see below)
  • Word blending cards (see below)
  • Put Stripes on a Pipe target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they wipe stripes off of pipes while they read and write words with the long i silent e vowel pattern. Make a list of words with long i silent e: gripe, pipe, ripe, swipe, wipe, stripe.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Place a pipe on stripes
    • Have the children make stripes of different colors on a piece of paper.
    • Show a small pvc pipe and let the children choose which stripes to place on the pipe.
    • Let the children make stripes on pipes using dry erase markers.
    • Let the children wipe the stripes off the pipe with one swipe (wipe the pipe with a long stroke to demonstrate the meaning of swipe).
    • Comment that there are not enough pipes or wipes or markers.
    • State that the children will have to wait for a turn to make stripes and wipe stripes off the pipe.
    • Alert the children that they should not gripe (complain) if they have to wait for a turn to put stripes on a pipe or wipe the stripes off a pipe.
  • Draw pipes with stripes
    • Have the children draw pictures of pipes and let them put stripes on the drawing of the pipe.
    • See if the stripes will wipe off the pipe.
    • Comment on how the stripes won’t wipe off paper but will wipe off a white board.
    • Ask the children if they have a gripe (complaint) about the pipes drawn on paper or the pipes drawn on a white board or pipe.
    • Show the children the –ipe word cards (see below) and let them tape the words to real pipes or let the children write –ipe words on paper pipes.


Apply the skill (Choose from the activities below)

  • Phonological Awareness
    • Word Building:
      • With word blending cards (see below), have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
        • pipe --> wipe; swipe --> stripe; ripe --> gripe
        • pipe --> pine; stripe --> stride; gripe; gripe
        • ripe --> rope; gripe --> grape
  • Read target words in texts (see below)
    • Engage the children in reading the target text Put Stripes on a Pipe as a class/group.
    • Have the children raise their hands when they hear the /ipe/ sound.
  • Read the text again fading support.
    • Have the children make a list of the long i silent e words from the text.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write about what they did with stripes and pipes. Have them include these words: pipe, stripe, wipe, gripe, swipe.

SEEL Target Texts

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Put Stripes on a Pipe

Have you seen a pipe with stripes?
You can put stripes on a pipe.
And you can wipe stripes off the pipe.
You can wipe the stripes off with one swipe!
But if you put stripes on paper you can’t wipe off the stripes.
You can gripe because the stripes won’t wipe off.



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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.