Exercise with Energy

Exercise with Energy
Target text


Associate the uppercase letter E and lowercase letter e with the short /e/ sound in words such as exercise, energy, and elk.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

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


  • “Ed” name tag
  • Exercise clothes (optional)
  • Barbell (paper towel tubes, wrapping paper tubes, or rolled paper)
  • Letters E and
  • Word and picture cards
  • Envelope
  • Exercise with Energy target text
  • Exercising Ed picture
  • Red and blue crayons

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

Literacy Activity
Exercise with Ed

  • Dress like an exercise instructor (optional) and wear a nametag that says “Ed."
  • Make a barbell using a paper towel tube (or a wrapping paper tube or rolled paper) and the letters E and e on black paper circles attached to each side of the tube 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 whether 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 the word cards provided. 
  • 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.

More Practice
Read target words in a text

  • Read the Exercise with Energy target text to the children, and explain that the word exert means to make an effort.
  • Have the children say the /e/ sound as they find and underline the letters E and e throughout the text.
  • 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

  • Distribute the picture of Ed and direct the children to circle every uppercase letter E with red and every lowercase letter e with blue.
  • Have the children write the letters E and e around a picture of Ed.
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SEEL Target Texts

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!
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SEEL At Home


Associate the uppercase letter E and lowercase letter e with the short /e/ sound in words such as exercise, envelope, and egg.


  • E and non-E picture cards
  • Envelope
  • Barbell (paper towel tube or rolled up paper)

Activity: Exercise with Energy

  • Place the picture cards in an envelope at one 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 /e/ sound. 
    • If the word begins with E, attach the picture card onto one end of the barbell and take turns lifting the barbell as you say, "/e/, /e/, exercise with Ed!" 
    • If the word does not begin with E, discard the card.
  • Repeat the process.
  • Help your child write a list of words beginning with the letter E.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.

Picture cards

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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.