Learning the Letter E with Colors
Students will be able to recognize the capital letter E. Students will be able to identify the sound the letter E makes. Students will be able to find objects that begin with the letter E.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Tell the students that today they will be learning about the letter E.
- Ask students if anyone has a name that starts with the letter E.
- Find an object around the classroom that begins with the letter E. For example, hold up an egg.
- Then, have the students take turns looking around the room for objects that begin with the letter E.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Explain to students that E has a long sound and a short sound.
- Play the Letter E Song.
- Then, hold up a letter E and have students trace it with their fingers.
- Remind them to start at the top, make a big line down, jump back to the top, and make three little lines.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Bring students together for story time.
- Ask your students to explain what it feels like to be different.
- Bring two students to the front of the classroom, and ask them to name things that are the same about them.
- Then, instruct them to name differences.
- Introduce the story of Elmer by David McKee, and read it to your students.
- Explain that while Elmer was very different then the other elephants, he still had many things in common with the other elephants, such as laughing.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Next, show the students the letter E and ask them what sound the letter makes.
- Give each student a letter E, and have each student properly trace it with his finger.
- Instruct students to cut out little squares from the strips of tissue paper that you gave them. Assist with proper holding of the scissors.
- Lastly, have students glue the different colored tissue paper squares onto the letter E.
- Enrichment: Have your students cut out their letter E from a pre-traced piece of construction paper. Ask your students to write out words that start with the letter E.
- Support: Help your students use scissors. Direct them to draw pictures of objects that start with E.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Give your students the Coloring Letter E worksheet to color and complete.
- Ask the students to identify the pictures and the letter on the worksheet.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Explain to students that much like how Elmer was different, so are their letter E projects!
- Remind students of the letter E words they found earlier in the lesson, and encourage them to find letter E words at home, too.