Children need to
develop the skills necessary to decode text for becoming a fluent
reader. In the
process of decoding, it is important that children understand that some
make more than one sound. This lesson will introduce children to the
long E sound by teaching identifying the
correspondence ee= /E/. The goal is to teach the strategies needed to
ee =/E/ through reading text, vocalizing the sound, using gestures,
word in different types of print, and identifying the correspondence
paper and pencil; chalk board and chalk; chart with “The sheep didn’t
peep with it’s feet on the street.”; Sam Sheep can’t sleep.
word cards with: creek, week, peep, meet, deep, feet, seek, street,
feed, beef; pseudo word cards with: sheem, peen, mef, deb, sneeting,
lesson should be introduced by reviewing the sound that the
letter e makes with the
students. “Today we will talk about the letter e which we have discussed before
with our creaky door short e.
What sound does it make? That is correct… e= /e/. We are now going to
learn about another sound that e can
make. When two e’s are next to
each other in a word, they make the e
say it’s own name. e = /E/. This is called the long E sound. When we are smiling for a
picture we often say cheeeese. How many of you hear the e= /E/ in the
word cheese? (Write the word on the board to identify the ee= /E/.)
Let’s practice each time we see ee =/E/ in a word smiling as if we are
saying cheese while taking a picture. Let’s try it together with our
word here on the board. Ch-eeee-se.” (Give big ee=/E/ smile to
demonstrate for children.)
“I have a few smiling E
words that have ee=/E/ in them that I want you to repeat after say
them. As you repeat the word, I want you to stretch out the long E sound so that I can see each of
your E smiles as you repeat
the words.” Demonstrate to the students the example asleep by saying
asl-eeeee-p while smiling during the ee= /E/. Have the students then
repeat the words: deed, feel, keep, tree, and weep.
“Now let’s all try reading the tongue twister I have written
on the chart. We
read it once through listening for the long E sound. As we read it again I
would like everyone to stretch out their smiling E’s in the words.” “The sh-eeee-p
didn’t make a p-eeee-p with it’s f-eeee-t on the str-eeee-t.’ Great job.
“I am going to give each of you a word card with a word
containing ee= /E/. My word card is “Week.” I remember that the two e’s together make the smiling /E/
sound so I would read my word as /w/ /E/ /k/.” Model reading the word
and sounding it out by smiling during the long E. “I would like for you each to
read your word on your card to each of your neighbors, and show them
where you found the smiling E.
Take turns sharing your words.” When they have shared a few times begin
the book talk.
Book Talk: How many of you have ever had a night where you
could not fall
Did anyone tell you to try counting sheep? Well, this book is
about Sam Sheep who is willing to do just about anything to help him
get to sleep. Sam Sheep asks all of his friends to help him get to
sleep. Let’s read “Sam Sheep can’t sleep” and see if he ever finds a
friend who can help him fall asleep.
“I will read this book once to you all, and I want you to
listen as I read and if you hear the smiling long E sound you may simply smile while
continuing to listen to the story.” Now have the students read the book
again silently with a paper and pencil to write down words with the
long E sound. Walk around to
check that the students have all of the following words written down:
sheep, sleep, need, see, weeks, asleep, and street.
Assessment: Individually have students come take a short pseudo word
test to record their decoding progress. Give words on flashcards such
as sheem and mef. Do a few short e and
long E pseudo words to
determine if the students are able to understand the distinguishing
Phil Roxbee. Sam Sheep can’t sleep. Usborne Publishing: Saffron
Hill, London, 2000. ISBN 0 7460
Wallach, M. A., & Wallach, L. (1976). Teaching all
children to read. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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