Everyone is Reading
In order for beginning readers to become successful in
reading and writing, they must first understand and recognize that each
in the alphabet represents a different sound. By learning about
letter correspondences, beginning readers can become fluent readers.
This lesson will
the vowel correspondences e = /e/.
The students will learn the /e/ correspondence through a meaningful
representation. In addition, they will learn to spell and read words
with the /e/
sound through a letterbox lesson and reading a new book with /e/ words.
- Chart with the Tongue
Twister, “Ned and Ted yell at Fred.”
- Primary pencils and paper
for each student
- Elkonin Boxes
for each student (up to 5 boxes)
- Plastic letters
for each student: (e, i, t, s, b, p, h, m, l, c, d, r, f, w, t)
letterboxes and letters
- Book – Red
Gets Fed, (one for each student)
- Pseudo word test
(feb, sef, fod, jed, fid)
- Begin the lesson by explaining to the
students that they are going to learn about the letter e and
the sound it makes. “We hear the /e/ sound in a lot of spoken words and
see the vowel e in a lot of written words. It’s a very
important letter to remember! Today we are going to learn how to spell
and read words that have the letter /e/ sound.”
Ask students: “Have you ever heard the word red? What is the second
sound you hear in the word red? That’s right! You said, “/e/!
Well, this is the sound that the short e makes. When we make
the /e/ sound, our mouth is slightly open and our tongue touches the
bottom of our mouth. Also, if we stretch the /e/ sound we will make a sound that sounds like a creaky
door opening. “Reeed! Let’s all say the word “red” together.
we are going to look at the tongue twister. “Ned and Ted yell at Fred.. Good! Now, we are going to say it again
but this time when you hear the short /e/ sound, I want you to stretch
the sound. For instance, if I say Fred then we will say freeeed instead.
- Now let’s practice finding the /e/ sound in some
spoken words. Do you hear /e/ in peg or pig? Fed or fun? Fell or dish?
Talk or yell?
do a group letterbox lesson with e= /e/ words. "Boys and girls,
you will need to make sure you spread out your letters so that you can
see all of them." Make sure that each student can see the big teacher
letterboxes and letters. “We are going to learn how to spell words that
contain the /e/ sound. Remember that each box contains just one sound.
Watch as I spell our first word together. Let’s spell the word
r-r-e-e-d-d. The first sound that you hear in fit is the /r/ sound. We
know this because of the /r/ sound. So let’s put the letter r in the first letterbox. Now, let’s say it
again, r-r-e-e-d-d. So the next sound we hear is the letter e.
So let’s put the letter e in the second letterbox. Now, let’s
say the word again and figure out what the last sound is. The last
letter we hear is the letter d, because of the /d/ sound. So
let’s put the letter d in the third letterbox. We have just
spelled fit in our box. Now it is your turn to see if you can spell
words that have /e/ in them. Have the students use their letters and
letterboxes to spell the following words: ; 3 – red, fed, Ted, bed; 4 –
Fred, fled,; 5 – blend, spend }. Tell the students how many boxes for
each set of words listed.
all of the words have been spelled by the students with the boxes, take
up the boxes. Have students read the words as I spell the words for
them. For instance, spell the word blend. Then have the students read
the word blend back. Listen as the students respond to make sure they
are able to correctly read each word. If a student is having trouble,
encourage them to use body-coda blending.
are now ready to practice reading with the /e/ sound. "Today, we are
going to read a book called Red Gets Fed. This book is about
Red. The title tells us that Red gets fed, but we will have to read to
see how exactly Red is going to be fed. The students will read their
book silently and if they come across any problems they may raise their
hand for help. When they have finished reading, have them raise their
hand and tell what words they found that contained the /e/ sound. We
will make a list of all the words they found on the board.
each student a pseudoword test with /e/ words. Ask them to read the
silly words: feb, sef, fod, jed, fid.
The Reading Genie
Red Gets Fed.
Educational Insights, 1990.
(19990). “The letterbox lesson: A hands-on approach
Teaching decoding.” “The reading Teacher, volume 52, no. 6, 644- 650.
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