Ehhh, I can't hear you!


Megan Kuenzli

Beginning Reading Design


Rationale: This lesson will help students identify /e/, the phoneme represented by E.

Students will learn to recognize /e/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful representation (grandpa trying to hear) and the letter symbol E, practice finding /e/ in words, and reading a text that requires understanding of the relationship.


Materials: Primary paper and pencil, chart with 'Excellent effort Evan'; Lynn Metz's Every Egg: Learning the Short E sound (PowerKids Press, 2002), word lists for each student((3) {peg, red, get}. (4). {rest, rant} (5) {trend, brad, slept,} (7) {strength}), assessment worksheet identifying pictures with /e/.


Procedures: 1. Say: Our written language is a secret code. The tricky part is learning what letters stand for- how our mouth moves for each sound. Today we're going to work on spotting the mouth move /e/. When do we hear this sound? I hear this sound when my grandfather cannot hear me. He puts his hand behind his hear and says /e/.


2. Let's imitate our grandfathers, /e/.  (Cup your ear). Notice when you do that your mouth is open and your tongue is behind your bottom teeth.


3. Let me show you how to find /e/ in the word fret I'm going to stretch fret out in super slow motion and listen for my deaf grandfather. Fff-rr-et. Slower: Fff-rrr-eee-t. There it was! I heard my grandfather! I can hear him in crab.


4. Let's try a tongue twister (on chart). 'Excellent effort Evan.' Everybody say it three times together. Now say it again, and this time, stretch out the /e/ at the beginning of the words. 'Eeexcellent eeeefort Eeevan.' Try it again, and this time break it off the word: '/e/ xcelent /e/ ffort /e/ van.'


5. (Have students take out primary paper and pencil) We use the letter E to spell /e/. Let's write the lowercase letter e. Start halfway between the fence and the sidewalk.  Draw a straight line towards the right window and curve up and touch the fence. Go towards the left window and draw a curve down to the sidewalk. Go towards the right window with a little curve. You should finish halfway between where you started the e and the sidewalk. (Model it for the class. I want to see everyone's e. After I give you a sticker, draw nine more lowercase letters.


6. Call on students to answer and tell how they knew: Do you hear /e/ in fret or bounce? Toe or bled? Brick or chest? Shred or starve? Say: Let's see if you can spot the mouth move /e/ in so me words. Cup your ear if you hear /e/.


7. Next, we are going to spell words with e. We are going to use our letterboxes and our letters for this activity. The boxes are to make a map of how we say the word. Model how to use the letterboxes with an example word for students. I am going to spell the word bed. How many movements does my mouth make in /b//e//d/? Good Job just three. The first sound will go in my first box. I will put the letter b because b makes the beating heart /b/. My next letter should be the letter e because its sounds like my deaf grandfather. The e goes in my second letterbox. The last letter should be the letter d. Where do you think it goes? Right, the last letterbox. Now, I want you to try spelling some words on your own. These words are (3) {peg, red, get}. (4). {rest, rant} (5) {trend, brad, slept} (7) {strength}. After the students have had a chance to spell all the words pass out a word list for them to read as a class.


8. Say: 'Let's look at a book, Every Egg. Every time you hear a word with a /e/, I need cup your ear, like you can't hear. I will write down the /e/ words on the white board.

9."Now I want you to read the book. Everyone whisper read and I'll walk around if you need my help."



Assessment: I will assess the students by having them read a list of pseudowords to me individually. This is to make ensure the students fully grasp the /e/. The list is composed of the words: seg, pesk, mag, slen, peds, kest, dez, and fap.  



Metz, Lynn. Every Egg: Learning the Short E sound. PowerKids Press, 2002. Print.


Gibson, Laura. 'Edgar Elephant.'

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