Ten Men Named Ben and Ken

Ten Men Named Ben and Ken
Target text


Read and write words that end with en.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • Ken
  • Ben
  • men
  • ten
  • pen


  • Word cards*
  • Ten Men named Ben and Ken target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will pretend to be men named Ben and Ken while reading and writing words ending in en such as men, ten, and pen.
Literacy Activities
Read text together

  • Read Ten Men Named Ben and Ken target text (see below) with children, fading support.
  • Have the children use their fingers to spell Ken and Ben in the air.
  • Point to children as you read about putting tags on, until you have 10 children standing.
  • After reading the end of the text, have the children count how many Kens and Bens are standing.

Write words that end in en

  • Have each child trace the letters on each word card with a pen.
  • Say one of the words aloud, and have the children hold up the word that matches (Ken, Ben, ten, men, pen).
  • Have the children read the word on the card, using their finger to point at each sound (p-e-n, B-e-n).

SEEL Target Texts

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Ten Men Named Ben and Ken

We wrote the names Ken and Ben with a pen.
We wrote Ken, Ken, Ken, Ken, Ken.
We wrote Ben, Ben, Ben, Ben, Ben.

We put a tag on Ben.
And We put a tag on another Ben and another Ben,
and another Ben and another Ben!

We put a tag on Ken.
And We put a tag on another Ken, and another Ken,
and another Ken, and another Ken!

We had five men named Ben.
We had five men named Ken.
Five Bens and five Kens make ten men!




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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/.)