Michelle Burton
Emergent literacy

Can You Hear the /e/?

Rationale:  Before children can understand phonemes, they need to be aware of sounds and syllables in words.  Short vowel sound can be hard for some children to pick up on.  This lesson will focus on helping the students better understand /e/.  We will practice recognizing short /e/ in spoken and written words.

Materials:  (1) primary paper and pencil, (2) Elknoin boxes, (3) pictures (pen, penguin, apple, boat, and ring), (4) the following letters: f,e,d,n,b,ll,ch,s,t,and p, (5) Pen Pal.

1. Today we are going to work on /e/.  Have you ever herd the sound that a rocking chair makes?  A rocking chair sometimes makes a /e/ when it rocks back and forth (teacher demonstrates sound).
2. Let's begin by practicing writing some e's.  We start in the middle of the fence and draw a straight line out to the right.  Then you go back up to the top of the fence like you are  making a c (teacher demonstrates).
3. Now I am going to say two words and you will tell me which word you hear the /e/ in.  For example if I say set and mop, which has the /e/ in it?  That's right set.  Let's try the rest of these words:  Do you hear /e/ in red or sad?  hen or top?  fan or bed?  wet or put?  (teacher asks students to circle the word they think is correct on their sheet ).
4. Now, I am going to show you some pictures and I want you to tell me which ones have the /e/ sound?  (teacher keeps track of students responses' individually).

Assessment:  Now I am going to read the book Pen Pals to you.  Every time you hear the short /e/ sound I want you t raise your hand.  Good!

Reference:  http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie

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