Read and write words that end with -en.
- Paper cup with the bottom cut off to use as a hen pen
- Pictures of hens attached to craft sticks
- Masking tape to mark off an area of the room to be a pen
- Name tags (mailing labels or sticky notes)
- Drum & mallet (can use a spoon and a pan or an oatmeal container)
- Word blending cards
- Ten Hens in a Pen target text
- Paper hen
- iPad with the Hideout application installed (specifically the -en Hen activity) (Optional)
The children will pretend to put hens in a pen while they read and write words that end with -en: hen, ten, pen, men, Ken, Ben.
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Get ten hens in a pen
- Explain to the children that a pen is a fence that keeps farm animals from getting away.
- Place a paper cup (with the bottom cut off) on the table and tell the children that it is a hen pen.
- Show the children the pictures of hens on craft sticks and count the hens together as a group.
- Let children take turns being men who put the ten hens in the pen. Count as each hen is placed in the pen.
- Once all of the hens have been put in the pen, lift up the cup and tell the children that the hens got out of the pen.
- Repeat, letting all the men (the children) get the ten hens back in the pen.
Let the men get hens in a pen
- Before the activity, mark an area with masking tape on the floor as a pen for hens.
- With the children, create two lists of names that end in -en (e.g. Gwen, Jen, Zen, Ken, Ben, Glen); one list for the hens and one for the men.
- Show the children the pen for hens marked off on the floor by masking tape.
- Tell the children that they will pretend to either be hens or men who get the hens in a pen, then give the children each a nametag marked with a chicken or a man.
- Assign each of the children one of the names from the matching list (hen or men) to write on their nametag.
- Call one of the hens by name and ask one of the men by name 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," etc.
- Let each child take a turn to beat a drum to match the rhythm of the phrase while the other children clap the rhythm.
- Repeat until all of the hens are in the hen pen.
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
- hen → pen, men → ten, Ben → Ken
- pen → pin, men → man, ten → tin
- men → met, pen → peg, yen → yet
Read target words in a text
- Read the target text Ten Hens in a Pen together with the children.
- Read the target text again, fading support.
- Let the children take turns beating the drum when they hear a word that ends with -en as the other children clap or pat their lap.
- Read each child's nametag as a group and beat the drum for each name.
Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Play a "pass the hen" game with the children:
- Have the children sit in a circle and take turns passing a paper hen.
- As the children get the hen, have them say a new word that ends with -en.
- Write each new word on the board.
- Repeat the game, but this time, have the children write each word on the paper hen to practice writing -en words.
Continue to practice the skill on Hideout (Optional)
- Download/install the Hideout application onto an iPad.
- Within the app, open the -en Hen activity.
- The children can take turns, individually or in groups, playing with the -en sound within the application.
SEEL Target Texts
Ten Hens in a Pen
SEEL At Home
Read and write words that end with -en.
- Ten hen pictures
- A strainer or bowl turned upside down and labeled "Hen Pen"
Activity: Ten Hens
- Help your child write a name that ends with -en (i.e., Ken, Ben, Gwen, Jen) on two strips of paper for nametags, one for yourself and one for your child.
- Assist your child with labeling each of the hens with a silly name that ends with -en (e.g., Len, Pren, Yen, Sen, Den, Bren, Zen).
- Invite your child to write "Hen Pen" on a piece of paper and attach it to a strainer or bowl turned upside-down.
- Have your child close his/her eyes as you hide the ten hens around the room then tell your child that all of the hens have escaped from their pen.
- Use phrases with -en words to encourage your child to find the ten hens and put them in their pen (e.g., "Ben, can you put Gwen the hen back in the pen?")
- Switch jobs so that you cover your eyes as your child hides the hens, and have fun hunting for the hens again.
- The activity can be repeated several times.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)