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My Beak Can Eat
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

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


  • Picture cards with ea words*
  • Paper bag puppet or beak pattern*
  • My Beak Can Eat target text* 

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will eat with a beak and then read and write words spelled with ea, such as speak, peas, treat, peach, and eat.

Literacy Activities 
Eat with a beak

  • Use the beak to read My Beak Can Eat (found below) to the children.
  • Choose a child to pick a picture card (found below) that the beak will eat.
  • Have the beak only eat words that have a long e vowel with the ea spelling.

More Practice 
Read target words and patterns introduced in the activity

  • Give each child a copy of the My Beak Can Eat text.
  • Read the text together as a class.
  • Have the children underline words that have the long e vowel with ea spelling. 

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Instruct the children to complete the sentence, “If I had a beak, I would eat . . .” by writing a food with ea, such as beans, peas, meats, treats, peaches.

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.