mr. bones needs bones
Read and write words with the long-o-silent-e pattern.
- Brads or string
- Skeleton parts cutouts (large and small)*
- Picture of a wishbone*
- Real bone or picture of a bone*
- Mr. Bones Wishes for Bones target text*
- Mr. Bones Wants Bones! target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will play with Mr. Bones, a skeleton, and read and write words with a long o, such as bone, cone, stone, throne, and phone.
- Show a bone or picture of a bone (found below).
- Have the children quickly draw a bone and label it bone.
- Introduce Mr. Bones’ skull (found below) and explain that Mr. Bones wishes to have more bones.
- Read the Mr. Bones Wishes for Bones target text (found below) with the children and make a list of the bones Mr. Bones needs.
- Show the children a picture of a wishbone and comment on the tradition of pulling apart a wishbone to make a wish.
- Have two children pull the paper wishbone (found below) apart so Mr. Bones can get his wish.
- Match the small circles on the bones to their corresponding parts to build Mr. Bones’ skeleton then connect them with brads or string.
- Read the text again as you point to the matching bones on the skeleton.
With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel:
- Change the beginning consonant(s): bone→ tone, stone→ phone, stone→ tone, pole→ hole
- Change the ending consonant: cone→ code, hope→ hole, note→ nose, home→ hope, cane→ came
- Change the vowel: cone→ cane, lone→ lane, lone→ line, pole→ pile
Read target words and patterns introduced in the activity
- Read Mr. Bones Wants Bones (found below) with the children.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Have the children underline the words with the long-o-silent-e pattern.
Write about the activity using target words
- Have the children fill in incomplete sentences by picking from options:
- “If I had a wishbone, I would wish for . . .” (a phone, a throne, a snow cone).
- “If I had a wishbone, I would not wish . . .” (to be alone, for a stone, to drop my phone).
SEEL Target Texts
Mr. Bones Wishes for Bones
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,
and a back bone.
Mr. Bones Wants Bones!
Mr. Bones can use a wishbone to wish for more bones.
But he won’t use his wishbone to wish for . . .
a snow cone,
or an ice cream cone.
All Mr. Bones needs are his bones!!
Mr. Bones Needs Bones