a stone in a cone
Read and write words with the long o vowel spelled with a silent e.
- A few small stones
- Paper cone template*
- Word-building cards*
- Pictures of a bone*
- A Stone in My Cone target text*
- A Cone without a Stone target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will pretend to find a stone in an ice cream cone and will read and write words with long-o-silent-e words, such as cone, stone, bone, lone, and phone.
Make a cone
- Let the children roll a round piece of paper to form a cone (see below).
- Have the children write the word cone on the cone.
- Make strips of paper to write other -one words on.
- Ask the children to place the -one words cone inside the cone
- Have the children put a crumpled piece of paper in their cone to make a pretend ice cream cone.
Find a stone or a bone in a cone
- Slip small stones or pictures of stones (see below) in some cones.
- Slip pictures of bones (see below) into some cones.
- Let the children pretend to lick the cone and find the stone or bone.
- Have children slip stones or bones in some other cones.
- Have the children exclaim, “Oh no! There is a stone in my cone!”
Phone home to tell about stones in cones
- Pretend to hand out phones.
- Ask the children to phone home and exclaim, “I found a stone (or bone) in an ice cream cone!”
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
With word-building cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
- Change the beginning consonant(s): cone→ bone, phone→ shone, lone→ bone, stone→ scone
- Change the vowel: cone→ cane, lone→ lane, shone→ shine
- Change the ending consonant(s): bone→ bore, shone→ shore, stone→ store, scone→ score
Read target words
- Display the Stone in My Cone target text (see below) for everyone to see.
- Read the story to and then with the class.
- Repeat with A Cone without a Stone (see below).
Write about the activity
- Have the children write -one words from dictation to put in their cones (e.g., scone, shone, phone, cone, stone, bone, lone).
- Write -one words on the board and read them with the class.
- Have the children write a letter home saying that they found a stone in their cone.
SEEL Target Texts
Stone in my Cone
I licked the ice cream in the cone.
Then I felt something in my cone.
There was a stone in my cone!
So I picked up the phone and called the cone store.
A guy said, “What, a stone in your cone?”
Who put a stone in your cone?
Put down that phone and bring me your cone.”
So we traded a cone with a stone for a cone with no stone.
A Cone without a Stone
Oh no! What’s in my cone?
There’s a stone in my cone!
I do NOT want a cone with a stone!
Did you get a stone in your cone?
I got an ice cream cone.
Oh no! What’s in my cone?
There’s a bone in my cone!
I do NOT want a cone with a bone!
Did you get a bone in your cone?
Do you want a cone with a bone or a stone?
I don’t want a cone with a stone or a bone!
I do NOT want a stone or a bone in MY cone!
I want just a plain ice cream cone!
A Stone in a Cone