a space to trace

A Space to Trace

A Space to Trace
Target text


Read and write words that end with -ace.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • face
  • lace
  • pace
  • trace
  • place
  • space


  • Shoelaces or strings with masking-tape tips
  • Picture of a face* 
  • Word-tracing cards* 
  • Large face parts* 
  • Trace a Silly Face page* 
  • “Pace Around a Face” song
  • Trace a Shoelace to Make a Face target text* 
  • Word-building cards*

*Items included below. 

State and Model the Objective
The children will trace a face and then read and write words that end with -ace, such as face, trace, lace, space, place, and pace.
Literacy Activities 
Trace a lace to make a face

  • Give the children shoelaces, or strings with masking-tape tips, and the picture of a face (found below) to trace.
  • Tell the children to find a space to trace.
  • Have the children trace the edge and parts of the face with the laces’ tips.

Create a new face

  • Invite the children to make a new face by using a lace to make the outline of a face and then tracing around the lace.
  • Ask the children to use a lace to make a mouth on the face and to then trace around it.
  • Have the children draw two eyes and a nose to complete the face.

Trace a face and -ace words

  • Let the children trace the faces on the Trace a Silly Face page (found below).
  • Have the children label each face by writing face.
  • Give the children the word-tracing cards (found below) and have them read the words after they’ve traced them.

Pace around a face

  • Help the children make a large, oval face shape on the floor with the laces.
  • Have the children put down the large face parts (found below) to complete the face.
  • Read the song "Pace Around a Face" to the tune of "Happy and You Know It" with the children and invite them to sing the song as they pace around the face.

Build Words

  • With the word-building cards (found below), help the children make new words.
    • Change the beginning consonant(s): facelacepaceracetracespace
    • Change the ending consonant: facefaderaceratepacepane

Read target words in texts

  • Engage the children in reading the text Trace a Lace to Make a Face (found below).
  • Have the children make a list of the words in the text that use the -ace pattern.
  • Read the text together again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the "Pace Around a Face" song.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Help the children create a word wall of -ace words (e.g., face, lace, trace, pace, place, space)
  • Have children use words from the word wall as they write about tracing (e.g., “I can trace a face”).
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.