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Get E in the Net
Target text


Associate the uppercase letter E and lowercase letter e with the short /e/ sound in words such as egg, get, and pen.

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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • net
  • get
  • hen
  • pen
  • ten
  • jet
  • wet


  • Net 
  • Net graphic
  • Picture cards
  • Letter cards
  • Paper airplane instructions
  • Word cards
  • Get the Hen in the Net target text
  • Whiteboards for each of the children

The children will try to get pictures of things with the /e/ sound into a net as they practice reading and writing words spelled with the letter E, such as end, net, jet, bed, red, hen, and pen.

Literacy Activities
Make words on a net

  • Show children the net and tell them they will get pictures of words with the /e/ sound in the net.
  • Let the children choose picture cards to get in the net.
  • Tell the children to say the sounds in each word then choose letter cards that match the sounds in the word (e.g., j + e + t = jet).
  • Have the children put the letter cards in order on the lines below the net graphic to make the word.
  • Make comments such as “I see jet in the net” or “I can get a bed in the net,” emphasizing the /e/ sound in words with the letter e (e.g., /n/ /e/, /e/, /et/).
  • Point out that each word has the letter e, which makes the /e/ sound.

Put word cards in red jet

  • Make a paper jet and color it red.
  • Put word cards with the /e/ sound in the paper jet.
  • Take the words off the red jet one at a time and point out the letter e, emphasizing that it makes the /e/ sound.
  • Have the children read each word and then place the words in a net.
  • Let the children make their own word cards to put in the red jet or in a net by writing words with the short /e/ sound on small pieces of paper.

More Practice
Identify the target letter and associated sound in a text

  • Read the Get the Hen in the Net target text together.
  • Have the children underline the letter e in words with the /e/ sound.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Write the target letter on the whiteboard for the children to see.
  • Give each child a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word:
    • pen pet bet bed led leg log bog bag ban man men met set

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Get the Hen in the Net

I see a net.
I can get a hen in a net.
I can get a pen in a net.
I can get a sled in a net.
I can get a bed in a net
Now I see a red jet.
I can get the word leg from a red jet.
I can get the word pet from a red jet.
I can get the word step from a red jet.
I can get the word men from a red jet.
The word leg is on a red jet and a hen is in a net.
The word pet is on a red jet and a pen is in a net.
The word step is on a red jet and a sled is in a net.
The word men is on a red jet and a bed is in a net.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.