Read and write -ace and -ase words with the silent e pattern.
- Large word cards for bases (see below)
- File folder marked Base Case
- Small word cards with -ace or -ase words (see below)
- Masking tape or chalk
- A Base Race activity sheet (see below)
- Small tokens (e.g., buttons or pennies)
The children will race from base to base as they read -ase and -ace words, such as place, space, race, face, case, and base.
Point out that words with -ace and -ase spellings are pronounced the same.
Practice the skill within an activity
Place bases in spaces
- Show the Base Case folder and read the -ase and -ace words on the bases (large word cards—see below).
- Point out that the places marked with tape or chalk Xs will be spaces to place bases.
- Read a base (word card) and arrange for children to place a base in each X-marked space.
Pretend to race to a base
- Tell the children that they will pretend to race from base to base.
- Have the children take a place at the starting space and race in place.
- Let a child choose a small card with an -ase or an -ace word and read it with the group.
- Allow the child to race (trot) to the base that matches the chosen word card.
- Let the rest of the children race in place and chant, “Race to the base with the _____ (vase).”
- Encourage the child to race back to the starting place.
- Have the children clap and say, “First place!”
Let’s Race! Make a Race Activity
- Give small groups of children the Base Race sheet and a token.
- Let the children choose a “home base” and write Home Base on that place.
- Have the children write -ase or -ace words on the other bases.
- Let the children tell a partner where to “race” (e.g., move from the Home Base to the base that says face or space)
- Permit the children to trade activity sheets and race again.
- Have children write sentences such as the following: I can race to the base with the vase. I can race from base to base.
Apply the Skill
Read about the race to the base (see below)
- Read the target text Race to the Base with the children following along.
- Read the text with the children again, fading support.
Write -ase and -ace words
- Let the children mark the -ase and -ace words in the text.
- Make a word wall that lists words that use the -ase and -ace endings.
- Let the children write -ase and -ace words from dictation.
Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.
Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Race from Base to Base