- 50 minutes
This lesson will help your students focus on learning to identify the letter E as well as the sound E makes. It also incorporates a story that focuses on teaching students about how everyone is different.
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.