Read and write words that end with -en.
- Ten writing pens
- Container labeled Ten Pens from Ten Hens
- Sticky notes
- Hen name tags
- All Hens Got a Pen target text
- A Hen Gave Pens to Other Hens target text
- Book: Hen’s Pens by Phil Roxbee (optional)
- Book: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin (optional)
The children will play with hens and pens as they read and write words that end in -en, such as hen, pen, ten, men, and den.
Write with ten pens
- Write the words hen, pen, and ten so the children can see them, and point out that the words all have the same -en ending.
- Give the numbered hen name tags to each of nine children, and keep the "Hen 10" name tag for yourself
- Say the lines from the All Hens Got a Pen target text as you pass out a writing pen to each of the "hens" (children).
- Keep a pen to hold up and say the last lines of the text.
- Invite the children to take turns writing -en on a piece of paper as they say, "Hen 1 wrote en! Hen 2 wrote en!" and so forth until everyone has had a turn.
- Ask, “Do you think Hen 10 could write -en with ten pens at the same time?"
- Show the children how to write -en on a piece of paper with ten pens by holding ten pens (or as many as you can hold) in your fist as you write.
- Let each hen try writing with as many pens as they can hold.
- Point out that all ten hens got to write -en with a pen, then have each "hen" put their pen in the container labeled "Ten Pens from Ten Hens."
- Each time a pen is placed in the container, have the children count, "A pen from Hen 1, a pen from Hen 2," and so on.
Read target words and patterns
- Display the A Hen Gave Away Ten Pens target text large enough for the children to see.
- Read the target text to the children.
- Engage the children in reading the text with you.
- Have the children circle all the words that end with -en.
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- Write an h on one sticky note and -en on another.
- Have the children read the initial sound /h/ and then the -en ending, and finally blend the sounds together to make the word hen.
- Ask the children if they can think of other words that end with -en (e.g., pen, men, den, ten).
- Write the initial sound from their words on a sticky note, put it in front of the -en, and help the children blend the sounds together to make new words.
Write about the activity using target words and patterns
- Let the children write the words from the last activity on their own -en word list.
- Help the children write two or three simple sentences using their lists (e.g., The hen had a pen. The pen is in the den.).
SEEL Target Texts
A Hen Gave Away Ten Pens
All Hens Got a Pen
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 Write with Ten Pens