Associate the letter E (and lowercase e) with the short /e/ sound (e.g., empty, envelope, eggs).
- Plastic Easter eggs (hidden around the room)
- Picture and word cards (see below)
- Egg carton
- Writing practice page (see below)
State and model the objective
Tell the children that today they 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.
Practice the skill within an activity
Find eggs everywhere
- Place the E and non-E picture cards (see below) 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 using word cards (see below) 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.
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Have children identify the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words by tapping their shoulder (beginning), their elbow (middle) and 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 children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their shoulder (beginning sound), their elbow (middle sound) and fingers (ending sound) 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 (see below)
- Help the children write the uppercase letter E and the 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 letter E (and lowercase e) with the short /e/ sound (e.g., the /e/ sound in egg, excited, envelope).
- E and non-E picture cards (see below) placed in 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 letter E, discard it.
- Place the empty exploded 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 lower case 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.