The short E sound, found in words such as leg, lemon and pen, is one of the most common vowel sounds in the English language, and one that first graders will often find in the texts they are learning to read. This lesson provides guided practice with the short E sound through targeted instruction and helpful examples. Check out our short E worksheets at the end of the lesson.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities.
Short E Tracing Floyd the Dog and Roly the Cat only want to lay down a track of short E sounds for your students, but they need a little help before they can get started. If your first graders can follow the numerical sequence, correctly connecting the dots to form the lowercase letter E, the two will happily play a celebratory tune.
Short E Moving Match 2 Your students can help Muggo make more robot friends to play with by following the visual and aural clues in this activity on the short E sound. With common words like ‘elbow,’ and not so common ones like ‘elf,’ this game is a great overview of the wide variety of words that contain the short E sound.
Short E Hopper

Segmenting short vowel words is an important skill for becoming a good reader. Give early learners the practice they need breaking words apart in this phonics game. Kids must look at the different objects onscreen (all CVC words) and find the words with the short e sound. The more they play, the more they'll learn!

Short Vowel Sorting Tutu, Roly, and Floyd have all come together to help your students learn not only short E words, but also short A and O words, too. Words spelled out, along with pictures for easy identification, and mouse-over reading by the narrator, make this game low-hanging fruit for your first graders to pick up on short vowel sounds.
Little Red Hen Story The Little Red Hen is a classic tale. Learn about the rewards of hard work -- and practice some sight words -- in this colorful storybook version.
The Little Red Hen: Story Ordering The hijinks of that little bird have created yet another learning opportunity for your kindergartners to master the proper sequencing of stories. While reviewing The Little Red Hen, students can pick the story’s pages out of a tree, put the book back together in the proper order, and give then it back to Floyd the Dog.

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