Exploring for E

Objective

Recognize and name the uppercase letter E and lowercase letter e.

 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • excellent
  • explorer
  • envelope
  • everybody
  • elegant

Materials:

  • Letter cards (see below)
  • Binoculars made of paper, tape, and string (roll half sheets of paper into cylinders then tape together and attach a string)
  • Envelope
  • Exploring for E letter page
  • E letter writing practice page

State and model the objective

Tell the children that they will explore the room to find Es as they recognize and name the uppercase letter E and lowercase letter e.

Practice the skill within an activity

Explore for Es

  • Write the uppercase letter E and lowercase letter e on a whiteboard, name the letters, and have the children write the E and e in the air with their fingers.
  • Place uppercase E letter cards and lowercase e letter cards around the room along with distractor letters.
  • Using pretend binoculars have the children explore the room looking for the E and e letter cards.
  • When a child finds an E or e letter card have him or her say, “I found an E! I’ll put the E in an envelope!”
  • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as the letter E, have the child compare the letter to the E or e on the whiteboard.
  • Have the children put all of the E and e letter cards in an envelope.

Exploding Envelope

  • Place the uppercase E and lowercase e letter cards in an envelope.
  • Make the Es explode out of the envelope by turning it inside out then show the children the empty envelope.
  • Have the children gather up the letter cards and put them in the envelope saying, “I put an E in the envelope.”

Apply the skill

Find the target letter mixed in with other letters (see below)

  • Tell the children they will explore and look for more Es on a paper.
  • Display the page of mixed up letters and have the children find and circle the letters E and e.
  • Have the children say, “I found an E!” every time they circle a letter.
  • If a child misidentifies a distractor letter as the letter E, have the child compare the letter to the E or e on the whiteboard.

Write Es

  • Give the children the letter writing practice page (see below).
  • Let the children trace the Es then write the Es on their own using the lines as a guide.
  • Let the children color their Es to make them elegant when they finish writing them (optional).

Printouts

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.

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