Read and write words with the long a-silent-e vowel pattern.
- Bear graphic
- Box to use as a cave
- Word cards
- Be Brave in a Cave target text
- Blake Can Wave target text
- Word blending cards
The children will pretend to be brave as they go in a cave as they read and write words with the long-a-silent-e pattern, such as brave, cave, save, wave, name, tame, and same.
Be brave in a cave
- Show the children the bear graphic and explain that bears live in caves.
- Read the Be Brave in a Cave target text with the children.
- Invite the children to act out the story:
- Wave at a pretend friend named Dave.
- Promise to save Dave if he needs help in the cave.
- Pretend to be brave and go in a cave to save Dave.
- Wave at the picture of the bear.
- Walk out of the cave.
Put word cards in the cave
- Have the children write words spelled with the long-a-silent-e pattern (e.g., cave, save, same, tame, wake, take) on small pieces of paper.
- Show the children the bear graphic in a cave (box).
- Tell the children that they will find words with the long-a-silent-e pattern to put in his cave.
- Have the children read the word cards.
- Let the children put the words in the cave.
- Find some words that are the same.
Wave to friends with the same name
- Let the children pretend to have new names.
- Give several children the same pretend names.
- Have the children pick pretend names and write their names on a nametag.
- Boys’ names: Lane, Jake, Chase, Jace, Dave, Blake, Drake
- Girls’ names: Kaye, Kate, Cate, Gale, Jade, Jane
- Have the children wave to friends with the same name.
- Have the children wave to friends with names that are not the same.
Read target words in texts
- Engage the children in reading the Blake Can Wave target text as a group.
- Have the children make a list of the words with the long-a-silent-e pattern.
- Read the text again, fading support.
Write target words and patterns
- Let each child write words from dictation: brave, cave, save, wave, name, same, tame, wake.
- Let the children write about what they did using any of the target words (e.g., I waved at a friend with the same name. I was brave and went in a cave.)
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the beginning or ending sound:
- Beginning sound: cave → wave; same → name; wake → bake
- Ending sound: cave → cake; save → safe; take → tame
SEEL Target Texts
Blake Can Wave
What else can Blake do?
Blake can stay awake.
Blake can stay in the same cave.
Blake can save a fish for dinner.
Blake can bathe in the river by his cave.
Blake can stay sane.
Can you do the same things as Blake?
Be Brave in a Cave
Dave is brave.
Dave gives me a wave.
Dave asks, “Will you save me if I need help in the cave?”
Dave goes into the cave and I stay outside.
Dave calls my name.
My friend needs help in the cave!
Should I be brave?
I run into the cave to save my friend Dave.
The big, black bear is awake.
But the bear is tame.
The bear gives me a wave.
Then Dave and I give the bear a wave and leave the cave.
Was I brave to go into the cave to save Dave?
I was brave and Dave was brave!
Be Brave in a Cave