My Beak Can Eat


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • beak
  • eat
  • speak
  • peas
  • peach
  • treat


  • ea picture/word cards (see below)
  • Beak pattern (see below) or a paper bag puppet
  • My Beak Can Eat target text -- one copy for each child

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will eat with a beak as they read and write words spelled with ea.

Practice within an activity

Eat with a Beak

  • Use the beak to read the target text My Beak Can Eat to the children.
  • Choose a child to come and pick a word/picture card that the beak will eat.
  • If the word has a long e sound with the ea spelling, have the beak eat it, if it doesn’t, the beak won’t eat.
  • Continue until all cards have been picked.

Apply the skill

Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity

  • Give each child a copy of the target text My Beak Can Eat.
  • Read the text together as a class.
  • Have the children underline ea whenever it makes the long e sound.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Instruct your children to complete the sentence, “If I had a beak, I would eat…” by writing down food words that are spelled with the ea letter combination. Provide assistance as necessary.

SEEL Target Texts

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My Beak Can Eat

I have a beak.
The beak can eat.
The beak can eat peas.
The beak can eat meat.
The beak eats peas and meat.
Can the beak eat beans?
Can the beak eat a peach?
Yes! The beak can eat beans and a peach.
What a treat for the beak!



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.C: Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.