Best Buddies Ea and Ee

Emergent Literacy Lesson Design

Amy ONeal



Reading is a very difficult process to introduce to any individual. It is important that you provide as many easy reminders for understanding reading as possible. The English language is very difficult to understand. One letter can have many different sounds and this is why individuals become frustrated when they are trying to learn how to read. For my lesson I will be teaching the long e sound. We will be learning the letter ee together as well as ea both sound like the long e. I have observed many children that when reading a word with an a next to the e they pronounce it with an a sound. This will be a fun lesson that will teach that ea and ee are best buddies and when they are together make a long E sound like we make when we are excited! This is a very important concept to understand because it will allow the students to decode many words.


Class set of the book, What Will the Seal Eat?

Primary paper


Word list containing words with the long e sound as well as the short e sound

Construction paper


Dry erase board

Dry erase markers


First I will introduce the lesson talking about reading and why it is important as well as fun. I will discuss different sounds that the students already know and then integrate what it is that we will be learning today. I will explain to the students that there are times that when two letters are together they make one defined sound. For example when the letters ee or ea are together they make one defined EEE sound.

Ask students if they can think of any words off the top of their head that have that long E sound. We will practice saying a few words and I will write a couple on the board. I will incorporate the idea that ee and ea are best friends and when they get together they get so excited that they make a long EEE sound. This is a fun reminder that will help students understand the long E. 

Next I will introduce the book, What Will the Seal Eat? Each student will have their own book and we will all read it together as a class.  I will ask the students if they heard or see any of the sounds we just talked about in the title.

We will then begin reading the book which has a variety of ea and ee words. We will read the book in a way where each student reads one line. Having the whole class read together out loud is too distracting and will take to focus off the words. We will read the book slowly and I will have conversation throughout the book on familiar words we are hearing or seeing. I will ask throughout the book, Do I see any friends that are together that are making an exciting E sound? Students will respond on words that we hear long E and we will write them on the board.

After the book is completely we will look up at the board and view our word list that we got from the book. The word list consists of words that have ea or ee in it that we read in the book.

The students will get out their primary paper and pencil and together we will repeat and write down words with the ee and ea sound.

Following the book activity I will then present another activity that will be used for my assessment.

All students will receive one sheet of construction paper, crayons and a word list that consists of 5 words with ee or ea in it that make the long E sound and 3 words that do not such as red or lake. The students will be asked to read aloud the words and circle the ones that have the long e sound.

After they have circled all the long e words the students will then go to their piece of construction paper and draw pictures of all the words they circled with the word right next to it. For instance if the word feet is circled, the children will draw a picture of their feet and write the word next to it.

As students are finishing up their work we will begin reviewing. I will start by asking questions such as, Do you hear the long E sound in the word red or read? Do you hear the long in sound in the word seat or set?


    Murray, Bruce. Auburn University Reading Genie Website.

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