face to face race
Read and write words with the long-a–silent-e vowel pattern.
- CD cases
- Paper plates
- Jumbo craft sticks
- Race a Case target text
State and Model the Objective
The children will race face-to-face, race cases, and then read long-a–silent-e words that end with -ace and -ase, such as face, race, case, base, and place.
- Pair up the children.
- Have the pairs draw a face on one side of a paper plate.
- Have the children glue a jumbo craft stick to the plate (to hold).
- Explain that one child in the pair will place the paper plate on one side of their face.
- Instruct the other child to place their face against the plate.
- Tell the pairs that they must work together to not let the plate fall.
- Explain that you will tell them to go at a slow or fast pace during the race.
- Repeat the activity as desired.
Race a Case
- Have the children make two teams.
- Designate a base on the other side of the room that the children can try to slide their case to.
- Display the Race a Case target text so that the children can see it.
- Read the target text to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the target text with you while you underline the long-a–silent-e words that the children identify.
- Designate one child from each team to quickly slide their case to the base every time they see, or hear, the underlined long-a–silent-e words as the class reads the target text again.
- The case that makes it to the base first wins.
- Repeat until the end of the target text.
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Write a prompt on the board (e.g., In a face-to-face race, we got to . . .).
- Have the children tell you ideas.
- Guide the children’s responses with questions or prompts.
- We found a ___(place or base) for the ___(race).
- We put a ___(face) by each ___(place).
- We got to race a ___(case from place to place or from face to face).
- Have the children write 2–3 sentences about the face-to-face race.
SEEL Target Texts
Race a Case
Find a base for the race.
Keep your case in place before the race.
Race a case from place to place.
Race a case from base to base.
Chase your friends in the race.
You’re a racing ace.
What a fun face-to-face race!
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.
Face to Face Race