Exercise with Energy


Associate the letter E (and lowercase e) with the short /e/ sound (e.g., the /e/ sound in exercise, energy, elk).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • exercise
  • energy
  • egg
  • elephant
  • elevator
  • elk
  • elf


  • Name tag that says “Ed” (see below)
  • Clothes to dress up like an exercise instructor (optional)
  • Barbell (paper towel, wrapping paper tubes, or rolled paper)
  • Letters E and e (see below)
  • Word and picture cards (see below)
  • Envelope
  • Exercise with Energy target text (see below)
  • Exercising Ed picture (see below)
  • Red and blue crayons

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will exercise with energy as they practice saying the /e/ sound in words that start with the letter such as exercise, energy, egg, and envelope.

Practice the skill within an activity

Exercise with Ed

  • Dress like an exercise instructor (optional) and wear a nametag that says “Ed” (see below).
  • Make a barbell using a paper towel roll (or wrapping paper/rolled paper) and the letters E and e on black paper circles attached to each side of the barbell as weights.
  • Tell the children they will exercise by hopping, jumping, or skipping across the room to get a picture out of an envelope.
  • Have the children decide if the picture they have pulled from the envelope begins with the /e/ sound.
  • If the picture shows a word that starts with E, have the children attach the picture to the end of the barbell.
  • If the picture does not show a word that starts with E, have the children discard the picture.
  • Let the children lift the barbell up and down while saying, “/e/ - /e/ - exercise with energy.”
  • Repeat the activity with word cards showing words that begin with E.
  • Write the uppercase E and lowercase e on the whiteboard then have the children exercise their arms by writing the letters E and e in the air with their finger while saying the /e/ sound.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Read target words in a text (see below)

  • Read the target text Exercise with Energy to the children.
  • Have the children find and underline the letters E and e throughout the text, saying the /e/ sound each time they underline the letters E or e.
  • Read the text again and have the children pretend to exercise every time they hear a word that starts with the /e/ sound.

Write the target letter (see below)

  • Distribute the picture of Ed and direct the children to circle every uppercase letter E with red, and circle every lowercase letter e with blue.
  • Have the children write e (and uppercase E) letters around a picture of Ed (see below).

SEEL Target Texts

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Everyone Exercise with Energy

Everyone exercise.
Everyone exercise with Ed.
Everyone exert lots of energy.
Ed is enthusiastic about exercise!
Ed lets us exercise until we are exhausted.
Ed says we exercise with the most energy ever!


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter E (and lowercase e) with the short /e/ sound (e.g. the /e/ sound in exercise, envelope, egg).


  • E and non-E picture cards (see below) in an envelope
  • Barbell (paper towel roll or rolled up paper with the letters E and e attached to each end)

Activity: Exercise with Energy

  • Place the picture cards in an envelope at the other end of the room.
  • Have your child do an exercise (e.g., hop, jump, or skip) to the envelope and choose a picture card.
  • Decide together whether or not the word begins with the ĕ sound. If the word begins with the /e/ sound, attach the picture card onto the barbell and take turns lifting the barbell as you say, "/e/ - /e/ - exercise with Ed!" If the word does not begin with the letter E, discard it.
  • Repeat the process, taking turns being Ed.
  • Help your child write a list words beginning with the letter E.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Picture cards


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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.