Ten Hens in a Pen
- Tissue box
- Craft sticks
- Drum and mallet (or spoon and pan)
- Hen pictures*
- Word blending cards*
- Paper hen*
- Ten Hens in a Pen target text*
- iPad with the Hideout app installed, specifically the -en Hen activity (optional)
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will pretend to put ten hens in a pen as they read and write words that end with -en, such as hen, ten, pen, and men.
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Get ten hens in a pen
- Teach the children that a pen is a fence that keeps farm animals in.
- Cut the bottom off a tissue box and tell the children it is a hen pen.
- Write the words hen and pen for the children.
- Count the hens together, then write the word ten, showing the children it ends in -en as well.
- Let the children take turns being men who put the ten hens in the pen and count as each hen is placed in the pen.
- Once all the hens have been put in the pen, lift up the cup so the hens fall out and tell the children that the hens got out of the pen.
- Repeat the activity, letting all the men (children) help read the names as they get the ten hens back in the pen.
Read target words in a text
- Read the Ten Hens in a Pen target text with the children.
- Read the 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 laps.
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
Continue to practice the skill on Hideout (optional)
- Download or install the Hideout application onto an iPad.
- Within the app, open the -en Hen activity.
- Have children take turns, individually or in groups, playing with the -en sound within the application.
SEEL Target Texts
Ten Hens in a Pen
Ben and Ken are men.
Ben and Ken have ten hens.
Ben puts Jen the hen in the hen pen.
Ben puts Len the hen in the hen pen.
Ben puts Glen the hen in the hen pen.
Ben puts Gwen the hen in the hen pen.
Ben puts Ren the hen in the hen pen.
Ken puts Bren the hen in the hen pen.
Ken puts Fen the hen in the hen pen.
Ken puts Zen the hen in the hen pen.
Ken puts Ben the hen in the hen pen.
Ken puts Sen the hen in the hen pen.
The men put all ten hens in the pen!
Now the ten hens can live in a pen.
SEEL At Home
Read and write words that end with -en.
- Hen pictures
- A strainer or bowl
Activity: Ten Hens
- Help your child write a name that ends with -en (e.g., Ken, Ben, Gwen, Jen) on a piece of paper.
- Invite your child to write Hen Pen on a piece of paper and attach it to an upside-down strainer or bowl.
- Have your child close his or her eyes as you hide the ten hens around the room, then tell your child that all 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.
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/.)
Ten Hens in a Pen