Hen Pen

Objective

Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -en to make words such as hen, pen, and ten.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • hen
  • pen
  • den
  • ten
  • men

Materials:

  • Hen headbands 
  • Name cards  
  • Hen Pen sign
  • -en Eggs 

Overview
The children will pretend to be hens as they add sounds to the -en ending to make words such as hen, pen, den, ten, and men

Literacy Activities
Let men get hens in a pen

  • Let some children be hens and others be men.
  • Assign real or silly names that end in -en to each hen (e.g., Gwen, Jen, Pren, Zen, Sen, Len).
  • Assign real or silly names that end in -en to each of the men (e.g., Ken, Ben, Glen, Bren, Den, Yen). 
  • Give the "hens" a hen headband with an -en name and give the "men" an -en name card.
  • Let the children read or write their new names. Emphasize the process of blending the beginning sound and -en ending to read the name (e.g., /j/ + /en/ = Jen).
  • Call one of the hens by name and name one of the men to take that hen to the hen pen.
  • Let the men take hens to the pen and have the children say, "Jen, go to the hen pen. Gwen, go to the hen pen."

Play the game What Can You Find in the Hen Pen?  

  • Put the -en eggs in a pile.
  • Have the children take an egg and write one of the following letters before the -en: h, m, p, d, t.
  • Have the children blend the sounds together to make an -en word (e.g., /p/ + /en/ = pen).
  • Choose an area of the room and mark it as the hen pen with masking tape and the sign.
  • Let the children individually take their eggs to the imaginary hen pen while all the children quietly chant: "Go to the hen pen! What's in the hen pen?"
  • Have the children read the word on each egg and say, for example, "We found the word ten in the hen pen."

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their head (beginning sound) and toes (-en sound) then clap to say the whole word.
    • h en = hen
    • p en= pen
    • m en = men
    • t en = ten

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Objective
Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -en to make words such as hen, pen, and ten. 

Materials 

  • -en eggs

Activity: Hen Pen

  • Cut out the -en eggs and put them in a pile.
  • Have your child write a letter before the -en on each egg (e.g., h, m, p, d, t).
  • Have your child blend the sounds together to make an -en word (e.g., /p/ + /n/ = pen).
  • Mark off an area of the room and label it "Hen Pen."
  • Let your child take the eggs to the imaginary hen pen and chant together "Go to the hen pen! What's in the hen pen?"
  • Help your children read the word on each egg and say, "We found the word _en in the hen pen."
  • The activity can be repeated several times.en-eggs

Standards

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.

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