- Toy mouse or a picture of a mouse*
- Picture of a creepy house*
- Word cards with -ee and -ea*
- Word-building cards*
- Creep and Sneak in a Creepy House target text*
- What Squeaks in My Creepy House? target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
The children will pretend to creep and sneak through a creepy house and then read and write words with long e spellings -ee and -ea, such as feel, creep, eek, peek, creak, squeak, speak, and sneak.
Pretend to creep and sneak
- Read the target text Creep and Sneak in a Creepy House (found below).
- Have the children imitate the actions in the story:
- Sneak, creep, and tiptoe toward the picture of a creepy house (found below).
- Pretend not to peek or speak.
- Feel around.
- Make a creaking noise.
- Hold a finger up to your mouth to indicate “Do not speak.”
- Make a squeaking noise.
- Peek down at a squeaky mouse (toy or picture found below).
- Shout, “Eek!”
- Write the words creep and sneak on the board and call attention to the same long e sound.
Act out -ea and -ee actions
- Have the children choose a word card (found below) and read the word.
- Let the children act out the word on each card (e.g., sneak, creep, peek, squeak, creak, feel, speak, leap, beep).
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words by changing either the vowel or the beginning or ending consonant(s):
- Change the beginning consonant(s): weep→ deep, sneak→ speak, peep→ beep
- Change the ending consonant(s): leap→ leak, beat→ bead, creep→ creek
- Change the vowels and the meaning of the word: peak→ peek, beat→ beet, weak→ week
Read target words in texts
- Engage the children in reading Creep and Sneak in a Creepy House.
- Have the children write a list of the -ee and -ea words from dictation.
- Read the text again, fading support
- Repeat with What Squeaks in My Creepy House? (found below).
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation (e.g., creep, feel, peek, eek, beep, sneak, creak, squeak, speak, leap).
- Let them write about what they did while sneaking through the creepy house (e.g., “I can sneak and creep in the creepy house. I don’t make a peep and I don’t speak. I hear a mouse squeak.”).
SEEL Target Texts
What Squeaks in My Creepy House?
Creep and Sneak in a Creepy House
Creep and Sneak