A Peg Leg on a Wet Deck

A Peg Leg on a Wet Deck
Target text


Read, write, and recognize words with a short-e sound.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • peg
  • bed
  • leg
  • get
  • wet


  • The Pirate Has a Peg Leg text*
  • Word segment cards*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children they will read a story about a pirate which will focus on words with short e, such as beg, peg, let, net.

Literacy Activities
Read target words in a text

  • Read The Pirate Has a Peg Leg target text (see below) in a pirate voice, saying “ARRRRR” at the end of each line.
  • Read the text with the children and fade support.

Identify and count sounds in short-e words

  • Read short-e words with the children: 
    • bet, get, leg, deck, wet, set, peg, red, bed
  • Have the children hop on one foot, as if they had a peg leg, once for each sound in the word (e.g., p + e + gpeg).

Write and create words with short-e sound

  • Have the children write short e words from dictation (bet, beg, get, let, leg, net, peg, beg, red, led, bed, fed, pet, hen, pen, den, ten
  • Let children create words using word segment cards (see below).
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SEEL Target Texts

The Pirate Has a Peg Leg

A pirate has a peg leg.
His leg does not bend.
When he walks on the ship, the deck gets dents.
The peg leg dents the deck.
When he went to bed, the pirate took off his leg.
He set his leg on a wet deck.
The peg leg got wet.
And he can’t wear it yet.

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