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 men and hens as they add sounds to the -en ending to make words such as hen, pen, den, ten, and men

Literacy Activities

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Let men get hens in a pen

  • Write the words men, hen, and pen for the children to see and point out that each word ends with -en as you read them aloud.
  • Invite the children to help you make names with the -en sound by putting a letter sound in front of the -en ending (e.g., Gwen, Jen, Pren, Zen, Sen, Len).
  • Have some children be hens and give them headbands with names on them.
  • Have some other children be men and give them name cards.
  • Help the children read their names aloud to the group before they put on their headbands or name cards.
  • Have the hens stand in one corner of the room, and have the men stand near the Hen Pen sign in another corner of the room.
  • 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 while the children say such sentences as, "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 each child 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 the children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their head for the beginning sound and toes for the -en sound and then clapping 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/ + /en/ = 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 ___ in the hen pen."
  • See if you and your child can make ten -en words that can be put in the hen pen.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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