Read and write words spelled with the long-i-silent-e vowel pattern.
- A dinging noise to be a chime
- Pictures of dimes*
- A real, pretend, or picture of a lime*
- Word-building cards*
- A Dime for a Slice of Lime target text*
- Do You Want a Slice of Lime? target text*
- It's Time to Dine on a Slice of Lime target text*
- Paper towel with grime (optional)
- A small amount of sugar (optional)
- Mix of cornstarch, cooking oil, and food coloring to make slime (optional)
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
The children will read long-i-silent-e words such as time, lime, fine, line, slice, nice, and price, as they pretend to sell a slice of lime for a dime.
Stand in line
- Let the children stand in line and read some -ine words, such as fine, line, dine, vine, and mine.
- Let the children pretend to slice a real, pretend, or picture of a lime (found below) and pay a price—a dime (found below) for a slice of lime.
Wipe grime and slime from a lime
- Show a paper towel with grime (optional) and explain that "grime" means "dirt."
- Wipe the lime to see if there is grime or slime on the lime.
- Slice a lime and comment on how 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? Will you pay a dime for a slice of lime?”
- Tell the children to chime in with the 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.
- With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing either the beginning or ending consonants:
- Change the beginning consonant(s): slime→ grime; time→ lime; fine→ mine; price→ twice
- Change the ending consonant: line→ lime; dine→ dime; vine→ vice; dice→ dime; nice→ nine
Read target words
- Read the texts A Dime for a Slice of Lime, Do you Want a Slice of Lime? and It's Time to Dine on a Slice of Lime (all found below) together as a class or group.
- Read the texts again, fading support.
- Have the children underline the words with a long-i silent-e.
Write about the activity
- Display the following words: time, dime, slime, grime, lime, fine, line, vine, mine, ice, price, twice, slice, nice, chime, wipe, and ice.
- Have the children write about why they want to stand in line, pay a dime, or slice and dine on a lime.
- "A dime is a nice price for . . ."
- "It's time to dine on . . ."
- "I would stand in line and pay a dime to . . ."
SEEL Target Texts
A Dime for a Slice of Lime
Should it be a dime?
Do You Want a Slice of Lime?
It's Time to Dine on a Slice of Lime
Time to Slice a Lime