I See Long E!
Young learners practice reading and writing words that make the long e sound in this lesson plan I See Long E! Designed with first graders in mind, this lesson teaches children to recognize the various letter combinations that lend themselves to the long e sound: -ee, -ea, and -y. Through word sorts, word searches, and other word family activities, young readers will have plenty of opportunities to practice the letter-sound relationships that will help them differentiate between long and short E when they encounter them in their reading.
Students will be able to recognize different word families that include long E words. Students will be able to read and recognize words with the long E spellings of -ee, -ea, and -y.
- Explain that words with a long E sound like the letter name.
- Invite students to begin brainstorming words that have the long E sound.
- Write the words on the chart paper in list form as the students say them.
- Add your own words to the list so that there are samples of three long E spellings: -ee, -ea, and -y.
- Tell the students that they will be finding words with different spellings of long E.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Using the list of words that your students just generated, tell them that you will now be looking for the long E spellings inside of the long E words.
- Model the process of finding the long E spelling inside each word.
- Using a marker or crayon, underline or draw a circle around the spelling (-ee, -ea, or -y) inside of each word.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- To help students further differentiate between long E spellings, have them participate in an activity to sort words.
- Distribute word sort cards among students so that each student or pair of students gets a word.
- Display the Long Vowel E worksheet, and then ask them to look for the place where their word fits.
- As they show the word, write the word in the correct column, either using an interactive whiteboard or using a hard copy of the PDF file.
Independent working time(10 minutes)
- Distribute the Word Search E worksheet.
- Direct students to look for any long E words that they can find and circle them.
- Model the process by displaying the worksheet on an interactive whiteboard and circling the first word.
- For students who struggle, show them the first letter or two letters of a word, and have them then find or circle the word.
- Enrichment: Give each student a blank word search grid. Challenge your students to create their own word finds with long E words and trade with a partner.
- Support: Modify the Word Search E worksheet by underlining the first letter of each word so that students can find the word more easily. Underline the long E spellings to prompt the students or simply have the students color-code the long E spellings. For example, the letters “ea” in a word could be written in red, while the remainder of the letters are blue. Have the students complete the -eep worksheet if they struggle with the comprehension component of some -ee words.
- Have the students use digital products to create their own flashcards or word search digitally, using either a tablet or a publishing program.
- Ask your students to go on a long E scavenger hunt around the classroom and take pictures of words that contain long E.
- Using flash cards from the guided practice part of the lesson, have students point to 3 different words: one word that has -ee, one words that has -ea, and one word that has -y. Have the students read the three words.
- Alternatively, show several cards again to the entire class, having them identify the spelling patterns.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Display the Long E Sound worksheet, or print it off and display it in the front of the room.
- Invite students to say the words and find the long E picture.
- Once the students have found the long E picture, invite them to spell the word with you as you write the word on a dry erase board.