Get E in the Net


Associate the letter E with the short /e/ sound (e.g., the /e/ sound in egg, get, pen).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • net
  • get
  • hen
  • pen
  • ten
  • jet
  • wet


  • Net (e.g., the netting used to package oranges, onions, or potatoes)
  • Net graphic (see below)
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Paper airplane instructions (see below)
  • Word cards (see below)
  • Get the Hen in the Net target text (see below)
  • Whiteboards for each of the children

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will try to get pictures of things with the /e/ sound into a net as they practice reading and writing words spelled with the letter E such as end, net, jet, bed, red, hen, and pen.

Practice the skill within an activity

Make words on a net

  • Show children the net and tell them they will get pictures of words with the /e/ sound in the net and use letter cards to make the words (i.e., hen, pen, ten, jet, net, wet, bed, sled).
  • Let the children choose picture cards (see below) to get in the net.
  • Tell the children to say the sounds in each word then choose letter cards (see below) that match the sounds in the word (e.g. /j/ – /e/ – /t/ = jet).
  • Have the children put the letter cards in order on the lines below the net graphic to make the word.
  • Make comments such as “I see jet in the net” or “I can get a bed in the net.” Emphasize the /e/ sound in words with the letter e (e.g. /n/- /e/ - /e/ - /et/).
  • Point out that each word has the letter e which makes the /e/ sound.

Put word cards in red jet

  • Make a paper jet (see instructions below) and color it red.
  • Put word cards (see below) with the /e/ sound in the paper jet.
  • Take the words off of the red jet one at a time and point out the letter e, emphasizing that it makes the e sound.
  • Have the children read each word then place the words in a net.
  • Let the children make their own word cards to put in the red jet or in a net by writing words with the short /e/ sound on small pieces of paper.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Identify the target letter and associated sound in a text (see below)

  • Read the target text Get the Hen in the Net together as a class/group.
  • Have the children underline the letter e in words with the /e/ sound.
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Write the target letter (see below).
  • Give each child a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word:
    • pen → pet → bet → bed → led → leg → log → bog → bag → ban → man → men → met → set

SEEL Target Texts

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Get the Hen in the Net

I see a net.
I can get a hen in a net.
I can get a pen in a net.
I can get a sled in a net.
I can get a bed in a net
Now I see a red jet.
I can get the word leg from a red jet.
I can get the word pet from a red jet.
I can get the word step from a red jet.
I can get the word men from a red jet.
The word leg is on a red jet and a hen is in a net.
The word pet is on a red jet and a pen is in a net.
The word step is on a red jet and a sled is in a net.
The word men is on a red jet and a bed is in a net.



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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.