Flee the Bees!


Identify that the letters ee can make the long e sound.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • flee
  • bee
  • tree


  • Headbands with antennas – 1 for each child playing a bee
  • If no tree is available outside: a tree (made out of brown and green butcher paper)
  • Flee the Bee target text

State and model the objective

Explain that ee makes the long e sound. Tell the children that they are going to play a game called Flee the Bees. Flee and bee both have the long e sound in them. Some of you will be the bees and will try to sting the other children. The rest of you must flee from the bees. If you get caught, you have to sit by the tree.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Flee the Bees
    • Take the children outside to a nearby tree. If no tree is available, put up a butcher paper tree. If the playground is large, designate an area the children must stay inside during the game.
    • Assign a few children to be bees (or pick volunteers). Keep the ratio to about 1 bee for every 5-7 children, depending on group size.
    • The bees put on the headbands and chase the other children, trying to “sting” them (like in tag).
    • Children that are stung or leave the designated area must sit by the tree.
    • Play until all of the children are stung or until the teacher feels enough time has passed.
    • Note: can be played multiple times with different children as the bees or played in another area such as a gymnasium or in the classroom.


Apply the skill

  • Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity
    • Read the Flee the Bee target text as a group.
    • Underline all the ee words found in the text.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Write a story together about fleeing from the bees.
    • Include as many ee words as possible.


SEEL Target Texts

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Flee the Bee

I climb a tree.
Up in the tree, I see a bee.
I see a bumblebee.
I see a wee, little bee.
I see a queen bee!
I see three bees—a bee, a bumblebee, and the queen bee.
Quick, flee!
I flee from the bees!


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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.