Feed the Seed
Identify that the letters ee can make the long e sound (e.g., feed).
Easy to grow seeds (such as beans or grass) – 3 for each child
Dirt – enough to fill each child’s cup
Cups or empty egg cartons – 1 for each child
Plant food or fertilizer
Feed the Seed target text – 1 copy for each child
Paper weeds (optional)
State and model the objective
Explain that ee makes the long e sound. Show the seeds and tell the children that today they are going to feed the seeds to help them grow.
Practice the skill within an activity
- Feed the seeds
- Show a seed, and show a plant that also has some weeds (paper or real). Tell the children that they will be able to let seeds grow. But they won’t be planting weed seeds.
- Pull seeds from a packet (e.g., folded paper to look like a seed packet), and show the word seeds.
- Tell children that they'll each get three seeds for free!
- Give the children three seeds each, and let them put each seed in dirt. (Or give the children seeds that have begun to sprout so they will grow quickly.)
- Give each child a cup, and help him or her put some dirt in it.
- Have the children put the seeds in their cups and then feed the seed (sprinkle some plant food onto it) and put a little dirt over the seed. Give each seed a little water.
- Put the seeds in a place where they can receive sunlight and where the children can see them.
- Optional: Plant a weed (paper or real), and show the children the weed. Tell them that they should not feed the weed, but that instead they should get rid of the weed. Explain to the that their seeds will not grow a weed.
- Tell the children that sometimes weeds grow (show the pots with paper weeds). Tell them that they need to weed the seeds to get rid of the weeds. (Optional: Put paper weeds in the childrens’ pots that they need to weed out.)
Apply the skill
- Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity
- Give each child a copy of the target text Feed the Seed.
- Read the text together as a class.
- Have the children circle the ee words they find in the text.
- Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Instruct the children to turn the Feed the Seed text over to the blank side. On the blank side of the paper, have the the children write instructions for how to grow a plant. Encourage the children to use many ee words in their instructions. (e.g., Plant a seed. Feed the seed. Put the seed in the sun. Pull any weeds.)
SEEL Target Texts
Feed the Seed
Your seed is not a weed seed.
It is a plant seed.
You need to feed your seed.
You need to water your seed.
Get rid of any weeds you see.
Wait and see the seed grow.
Feed the Seed