Sneak Peek


Read words with two spellings for the long e sound (ee and ea).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • feel
  • sneak
  • creep
  • creak
  • squeak
  • peek
  • speak
  • eek
  • creaking


  • Creepy House graphic – three copies (see below)
  • Animal graphics -- to hide behind Creepy House pictures (see below)
  • Squeak and Creak target text -- one copy for each child (see below)
  • Flashlight (optional)


State and model the objective

Tell the children that today they are going to feel, and creep, and sneak our way through a creaky, squeaking house. Explain to the children that they will be reading and writing words with the long e sound.


Practice the skill within an activity

  • Sneak a peek
    • Before starting the lesson, put pictures of the old creaky house around the room. Place the animal graphics behind the pictures of the old creaky house.
    • Lead the the children to the first house as you sneak and creak along the way. (Optional variation: Turn out the lights and use a flashlight to take a sneak peek with.)
    • Once you come to a house, have the children take a sneak peek at what is behind it. Allow them to take turns taking sneak peeks.
    • Repeat until you have looked at every house.
    • Have the mouse be the last animal you find. Read the target text Squeak and Creak before or while you find the mouse.


Apply the skill

  • Read target words/patterns introduced in the activity
    • Give each of the children a copy of the target text.
    • Have the children read it to each other and underline the long e sound spelled with ee or ea.
  • Write about the activity using target words/patterns
    • Write the following prompt on the board: “When I went to a creepy house I saw…..”
    • Have the children create their own sentences about a creepy house that use words with the long e sound: creep, creak, sneak, leap, squeak, peek, squeaking, creeping, creepy, squeaky, speak, neat, beat.


SEEL Target Texts

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Squeak and Creak

Close your eyes and do not peek!
Do you hear that squeak, squeak, squeak?
Try not to speak so we can hear the squeak!
Do you hear that squeak?
I think we need to take a peek,
At this funny sounding squeak!
The squeak is coming from a mouse!
In my creaky wooden house!
Take a peek!
Do you see that squeaky mouse?
Making noise inside my house?
Squeak, squeak, squeak!



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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.