The Letter E
Students will be able to identify the uppercase letter E.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Have students come together as a group.
- To motivate the students, say, "Today we will be learning about the letter E. Look around the room. Can anyone identify the letter E?"
- Inform the students that E is a very common letter. E is the first letter of "egg," "elephant," "ear," and "Easter."
- Many people have the letter E in their names.
- Instruct the students to return to their desk and look at their name tags. Ask them to point to the letter E if it is in their names.
- Inform the class of which students have an E in their names.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Have them draw their attention to the pieces of play dough on their desk.
- There is one long piece of play dough and three shorter pieces. From the front of the room, demonstrate how to arrange the pieces to form a capital E.
- Place the longest piece of play dough to the left vertically, Place the 3 shorter pieces horizontally on the right.
- Have students work in pairs to repeat your model.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Have students move to two different stations in the room.
- At station 1, have the students take a piece of chalk and write the letter E on the black construction paper provided. You may choose to provide tracing lines if needed.
- At station 2, have the students use their hands to form the letter E in shaving cream that is sprayed on top of newspaper. Have the students wash and dry their hands before proceeding to independent work.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Have the students sit a their desk with their pencils.
- Distribute Learn the Letter E worksheet.
- Read the instructions aloud to the students.
- Walk around the room and monitor the students as they work.
- Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to complete the All About the Letter E worksheet.
- Support: Pair struggling students with more advanced students for peer assistance.
Related Books and/or Media
- BOOK: E is for Empire: A New York State Alphabet by Ann Burg
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Collect and evaluate students' worksheets to assess their understanding of the lesson content.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Have the students come to you and write the letter E in the air.