- 60 minutes
- Standards: RF.K.1.D
Get your preschoolers engaged in learning the letters of the alphabet through different mediums. Your kids will have fun with chalk, shaving cream, and even play dough as they discover 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.