time to slice a lime


Read and write words spelled with the long i silent e vowel pattern (e.g., time, slice).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • lime
  • time
  • dime
  • line
  • fine
  • slice
  • nice


  • A chime (or a dinging noise to be a chime)
  • A pretend dime for each child
  • Grime on a paper towel
  • A knife for the adult to slice the lime
  • A lime (or use a picture or plastic lime to pretend to slice and give out slices)
  • Sugar for sprinking (optional)
  • Mix cornstarch, vegetable oil, and food coloring to make slime to wipe off the lime (optional)
  • A Dime for a Slice of Lime target text (see below)
  • Do You Want a Slice of Lime? target text (see below)
  • Do you Have a Dime for a Lime target text (see below)

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will compare words that end in –ime,–ine, and –ice. List –ime words (time, lime, grime, slime, dime), –ine words (fine, line, dine, vine), and –ice words (slice, nice, twice, price, ice) and read the words with the children. Comment on them all having the long i vowel sound with the silent e pattern.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Tell the children they will hear –ime, –ine, and –ice words as they slice a lime and pay the price of a dime for a slice.
  • Periodically comment on the target words. For example, as children stand in line say the word ‘line” and comment on hearing the –ine sounds. Tell the children to listen to words that all have the same –ine ending: fine, line, dine, vine, mine.
  • Explain the meaning of grime and slime. Show a paper towel with grime.
  • Tell the children you will wipe the lime in case there is any grime or slime on the lime.
  • Let the children watch as you slice the lime into very thin slices and comment on how the inside of the lime feels like slime.
  • Ask the children, “Do you have a dime to buy a slice of lime? What price will you pay for a slice of lime?”
  • Tell the children they can chime in with a chant: I’ll give a dime for a slice of lime.
  • Have the children stand in line to buy a slice of lime with their dime.
  • As each child buys their slice they can dine on the lime (optional: sprinkle a bit of sugar on the lime slices) and/or feel the slime of the slice of lime. Tell the children they can lick the slice twice if they like the taste of the slice.

Apply the skill

  • With letters placed on cards or bottle caps, have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants:
    • line → lime; dine → dime; slime → grime; time → lime; fine → mine; price → twice;
    • vine → vice; dice → dime; nice → nine
  • Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity (see texts below)
    • Read the texts A Dime for a Slice of Lime, Do you Want a Slice of Lime? and Do You Have a Dime for a Lime? together as a class/group.
    • Read the texts again fading support when possible.
    • Have the children underline the words with the –ine ending then repeat with –ime and –ice.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Have teh children fill in incomplete sentences by picking from a list of options presented verbally or in writing.
      • "A dime is a nice price for..." (mice, ice, a chime, etc.)
      • "It's time to dine on..." (rice, ice cream, a lime, etc.)
      • "I would stand in line and pay a dime to..." (ride on a vine, skate on some ice, feel some slime, etc.)
    • Have the children write simple sentences using any of the following words: time, dime, slime, grime, lime, fine, line, vine, mine, ice, price, twice, slice, nice. 
    • Have the children underline words in their sentences that contain the -ine ending then repeat with -ime and -ice.

SEEL Target Texts

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A Dime for a Slice of Lime

Get ready to have a slice of lime!
Wipe the lime.
Wipe any grime or slime off the lime.
Slice the lime.
Is it time to set a price for the slice?
Should the price for a slice be a dime?
A dime is a nice price for a fine slice.

Do You Want a Slice of Lime?

Do you want a slice of lime?
Stand in line to buy a slice.
What will you do with your slice of lime?
Squeeze the lime?
Feel the lime? Feel inside the slice of lime?
Does the slice of lime feel a bit like slime?
It's time to dine on a slice of lime.
Lick the slice that you got with your dime.
How nice! You might want to lick it twice!

Do You Have a Dime for a Lime?

It's lime time!
Do you have a dime for a lime?
Give a dime for a slice of lime.
I'm glad you have a dime for a slice of lime.
A dime is a nice price for a slice of lime.
It's time for a lime!
It's time to get a slice of lime.
Do you have a dime for a slice of lime?
Give me a dime for a fine slice of lime.
And for your dime, you get a slice of lime.


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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.