Let Me Be
Target text


Read and write words with the two long e spellings
-e and -ee.


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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • me
  • we
  • be
  • bee
  • flee
  • three


  • Pictures of bees*
  • Cards with -e and -ee words* 
  • Flee, Bee target text* 
  • The Bees Flee target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will tell bees to flee and let them be and then read and write words with -e and -ee spellings, such as me, be, he, bee, tree, flee, free, and three.

Literacy Activities
Buzz like a bee

  • Comment on how the words be and bee both have the long e sound.
  • Explain that the phrase “Let me be” means “Leave me alone.”
  • Show the three bee pictures (see below) and label them Bee One, Bee Two, and Bee Three.

Let kids flee from bees

  • Read the Flee, Bee target text (see below) with the children.
  • Explain that flee means to get away from a scary thing. 
  • Have the children make a sign saying, “Let me be, bee!”
  • Choose three children to make paper bees flee.  
  • Let the other children hold up the sign, “Let me be, bee!”
  • Have the bees flee and have the children cheer, “We are free from bees!”

Let the bees flee

  • Read The Bees Flee target text (see below) with the children.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Pretend that the bees shoo away the children.

Sort words spelled with -e and -ee

  • Give the children mixed-up -e and -ee word cards (see below).
  • Have the children sort the words into piles—one with -e (e.g., me, be, he, we, she) and one with -ee (e.g., bee, three, flee, free, tree).   

More Practice 
Read target words

  • Engage the children in reading the Flee, Bee target text as a group.
  • Read it again, fading support.
  • Help the children make lists of the words with -e and -ee.

Sort and write about the activity using target words

  • Invite the children to write words from dictation (e.g., bee, see, tree, flee, free, me, be, he, she). 
  • Let the children write about what they did with the bees during the activity.
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SEEL Target Texts

Flee, Bee

Three bees buzz around a tree.
Three kids see the bees.
The kids say, “We see bees!    
 “We see bees near that tree.”
One kid says, “We need the bees to flee.”  
“Get away, bees!”
“Let us be.”
“Let us be free!”   
“We want to be free from bees.”
One kid says, “Maybe we need to flee.” 
The kids flee and get away from the tree.
The kids are free, free from bees.

The Bees Flee

Three bees see kids near their tree.
“There are kids by our tree!”
“Let me be,” says Bee One.
“Let me be,” says Bee Two.
“Let me be,” says Bee Three.
“Let’s flee!” says Bee One. 
“Let’s flee!” says Bee Two.
“Let’s flee!” says Bee Three.
The three bees flee.
The bees get away from the kids and the tree.
The three bees are free.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.