flee from the bees!

Flee from the Bees!

Flee from the Bees!
Target text


Read and write words spelled with the long e vowel pattern ee.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • flee
  • bee
  • tree
  • see


  • A real tree, a tree made out of paper,* or a picture of a tree*
  • Flee from the Bees target text*
  • Example picture of a tree made out of paper*
  • Instructions for handmade headbands with antennae* (optional if using name tags)
  • Name tags (optional if using antennae)
    *Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will play a game called Flee from the Bees and will read and write words spelled with ee, such as flee, see, bee, and tree
Literacy Activities
Flee from the bees

  • Take the children to a tree, use a tree made out of brown paper, or the picture of a tree (both found below).
  • Assign a few children to be bees and let them wear name tags or antennae (instructions found below).
  • Let the bees buzz around and “sting” (tag) other children.
  • Have the children who are tagged move away from the tree.
  • Let other children act as the bees.

More Practice
Read target words

  • Read the Flee from the Bees target text (found below) as a group.
  • Underline all the ee words found in the text.

Write about the activity 

  • Display a word wall with words such as peek, feel, need, seek, greet, meet, flee, see, bee, three, need, tree, whee, gee, glee, and free.
  • Ask the children to write about seeing and fleeing from bees (e.g., “I peek out of the tree and see a bee. “I don't want to seek, meet, or greet a bee. I feel and see the need to flee.”).   
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SEEL Target Texts

Flee from the Bees

I climb a tree.
Up in the tree, I see three bees.
I see a bumblebee.
I see a wee, little bee.
I see a honey bee!
Quick, flee! Climb out of the tree.  
I flee from the bees!
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.