queen jean eats a meal

Queen Jean Eats a Meal

Queen Jean Eats a Meal
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • lean
  • meal
  • meat
  • feast
  • wheat
  • beans
  • queen


  • Template for the Queen Jean puppet* or the picture of Queen Jean*
  • Paper bag (if using the puppet)
  • Strips of paper
  • Toy food, imaginary food, or pictures of food*
  • Queen Jean target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will help Queen Jean eat a meal as they read and write words with the two long e spellings -ee and -ea, such as lean, queen, feast, and beans. 

Literacy Activities
Help Queen Jean eat a feast of a meal

  • Place out a feast for Queen Jean using toy food, imaginary food, or the food pictures (found below).
  • Create a puppet using the template for the Queen Jean puppet (found below). and a paper bag, or use the picture of Queen Jean (found below).
  • Comment on how Queen Jean is as lean (skinny) as a green bean.
  • Display the Queen Jean target text and read it with the children. 
  • Let the children act out the target text:
    • Tell the queen to please take a seat. 
    • Read what the queen can eat for her meal at the feast.
    • Serve the queen what she will eat: wheat, meat, green peas, green beans, cheese, and a sweet treat.
    • Let the queen eat and then leave the feast.

More Practice 
Sort words according to spelling pattern

  • Have the children write the words from the text with the long e spellings on strips of paper (e.g., wheat, meat, queen, Jean, feast, seat, read, please, peas, cheese, sweet, treat, leave).
  • Using the words that the children wrote, have them sort the words according to the -ea and -ee spellings.

Read target words and patterns introduced in the text

  • Engage the children in reading Queen Jean (found below).
  • Instruct the children to find and underline each of the -ee and -ea words.
  • Read the text again, fading support.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Suggest foods that Queen Jean can eat and let the children list the menu items: meat, beans, peas, treats, sweet wheat, and beets. 
  • Let the children write other -ee and -ea words from dictation (e.g., lean, queen, feast, meal, beast, seat, read, please, leave). 
  • Let the children write about Queen Jean (e.g., Queen Jean is as lean as a green bean. Queen Jean can eat a sweet treat at a feast. Queen Jean likes a meal of cheese and peas. Queen Jean leaves her seat at the feast.").
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SEEL Target Texts

Queen Jean

Queen Jean is as skinny and lean as a green bean.
So we ask her to please take a seat at our feast.
We let her read what she can eat for this big meal—a  beast of a feast.
She reads what she can eat: meat, green peas, green beans, and cheese.
She reads what she can eat: a sweet treat made of wheat.
And she gets to eat the meat, peas, beans, cheese, and a sweet treat.
When she finishes with the meal she can leave the feast.
But with this one big feast, Queen Jean will still be quite lean.
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.