Exercise with E

Exercise with E
Target text


Recognize and name the letter E.


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Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • end
  • Ed
  • exercise
  • envelope


  • Barbell
  • Letter E on paper circles
  • Letter cards
  • Envelope
  • Exercise Ed graphic
  • Red and blue crayons

The children will exercise and look for the letter E as they recognize and name the letter E.

Literacy Activities
Exercise with the letter E

  • Make a barbell using a paper towel tube (or wrapping paper tube/rolled paper). Tape the paper circles with the letter E on each end of the tube as weights. Place the letter cards in an envelope on the other side of the room.
  • Write the letter E on a whiteboard, name the letter, and have the children write the E in the air with their fingers.
  • Point out that the words exercise and envelope both start with the letter E.
  • Invite the children to exercise by hopping, jumping, or skipping across the room to get a letter card out of the envelope.
    • If the letter is an E, have the child tape the letter to the barbell.
    • If the letter is not an E, have the child place the card in the discard pile.
  • Let the children lift the barbell up and down while saying, “Exercise with E!”
  • Write the letter E on the whiteboard again, then have the children exercise their arms by writing the letter E in the air with their finger.

Play ABC hide and seek

  • Provide letter cards.
  • Have the children count the cards to determine how many letters they will need to find.
  • Choose two children to hide the cards in a designated area.
  • Set a timer and send a small group to find the letters.
  • Let the children exercise by hopping, jumping, or skipping across the room as they search for the letters.
  • As a group, have the children identify the letters they have found.
  • Play another round of the game if time permits.

More Practice
Write the target letter

  • Distribute the picture of Exercise Ed and direct the children to circle every letter E with red.
  • Have the children exercise their hands by writing the letter E around the picture of Ed.


SEEL At Home

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Recognize and name the letter E.


  • 2 paper circles about 4" in diameter
  • Letter cards, placed in an envelope
  • Paper towel tube (or rolled up paper)

Activity: Exercise with E

  • Write the letter E on a paper circle and attach it to one end of a paper towel roll (or rolled up paper), and write another E on another circle and attach it to the other end to form a barbell.
  • Place the letter cards in an envelope at the other end of the room.
  • Have your child do an exercise (e.g., hop, jump, skip) on the way to the envelope and choose a letter card.
  • Decide together whether or not the letter card is an E.
    • If the letter is an E, attach the card to one end of the barbell.
    • If the letter is not an E, have your child place it in the discard pile.
  • Take turns lifting the barbell and saying, "Exercise with E!" 
  • Together, exercise your arms by writing the letter E in the air with your finger and on paper.

Letter Cards


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