Associate the uppercase letter E and lowercase letter e with the short /e/ sound in words such as empty, envelope, and eggs.
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Picture and word cards
- Egg carton
- Writing practice page
The children will find eggs everywhere as they practice saying the short /e/ sound in words that begin with the letter E, such as egg, everywhere, envelope, and excited.
Find eggs everywhere
- Place the E and non-E picture cards in plastic Easter eggs and hide the eggs around the room.
- Have the children find the eggs and make the eggs explode (open) to find the picture inside.
- If the picture shows a word that starts with E, have the children put the picture in an envelope.
- If the picture does not show a word that starts with E, have the children discard the picture.
- Let the children put the empty eggs in the egg carton.
- Repeat the activity with word cards in the eggs instead of picture cards.
- Write the uppercase E and lowercase e on the whiteboard, then have the children write the letters E and e everywhere in the air with their finger while saying the short /e/ sound.
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds
- Have the children identify the beginning, middle, and ending sounds of words by tapping their shoulder (beginning), their elbow (middle) and their fingers (end; e.g., get = /g/ tap shoulder, /e/ tap elbow, /t/ tap fingers). Point out that all of the words have the /e/ sound in the middle.
- bed = b + e + d
- let = l + e + t
- men = m + e + n
- Have the children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their shoulder (beginning), their elbow (middle), and their fingers (ending), then clap to say the whole word (e.g., /g/ tap shoulder, /e/ tap elbow, /t/ tap fingers = get clap hands).
- b + e + d = bed
- l + e + t = let
- m + e + n = men
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the uppercase letter E and lowercase letter e, then draw pictures of things they found in the exploding eggs that start with the /e/ sound.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase letter E and lowercase letter e with the short /e/ sound in words such as egg, excited, and envelope.
- E and non-E picture cards
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Envelope and egg carton
Activity: Explode the Eggs
- Place the picture cards in Easter eggs and hide the eggs around the room.
- Have your child find the eggs, then explode (open) each egg to see the picture.
- Decide together whether or not the word for each picture begins with the /e/ sound.
- If the word begins with the /e/ sound, put it in an envelope.
- If the word does not begin with the /e/ sound, discard it.
- Place the empty eggs into an egg carton.
- Help your child write a list of words beginning with the letter E.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.