Lesson Plan

I See Long E!

I see a long E! In this lesson, your students will explore and find three different spellings for the long E sound. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to tell and read three different types of long E words!
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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.

Learning Objectives

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.


(5 minutes)
Create Your Own Word SearchLong E SoundLong E Word ListLong E Word SortLong Vowel EWord Family -eepWord Search ELearning Long Vowels: Long EAll in the Word Family: "Eep" WordsLong "E" Words
  • 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.