Cre-e-eaky Door E
Stephanie McLure


To learn to read children need to know that words are made up of letters. Each letter is represented by a phoneme, which is a sound followed with a "vocal gesture"
or the way your mouth moves. Every phoneme has a spelling, a grapheme, with it. I will give an example for the short e sound which is e = /e/. This is the phoneme
and grapheme we will be learning today. Students will learn how to recognize /e/ in spoken words by learning a meaningful name and they will practice finding words
with a /e/ vowel through reading books and in a word game.
Primary paper and a pencil, a chart with the tongue twister, Ed met Fred while he fed his pet, a card labeled with e = /e/ for each child, cards
with the words: bed, ball, bat, wet, cat, get, pet, net, egg, sat, and pen for each child, a book, Pen Pals, for each child, a worksheet divided in to squares with
pictures: ball and net, bed and chair, apple and egg, chicken and cow

1. I will introduce the lesson by explaining that writing is a secret code and that letters stand for our mouth moves we make as we say words. Today we are going to
learn the "vocal gesture" when we say /e/.
2. Ask students: Do you know what it sounds like to hear an old door shut? It makes and cre-e-eaky sound. Eeee. Now everyone repeat that sound. Great Job. This is the sound we're looking for today. I'll show you how to hear the /e/ sound in Ed. I will stretch out the word Ed. Say it really slowly and listen for the sound. E-e-e-ed. Thatās it! Did you hear it? Good. Now you stretch out the word. Great Job. You found the creaky door!
3.Let's say this tongue twister all together.  Ed met Fred while he fed his pet. Good Job. Let's say it one more time, but this time stretch out /e/ in each of the words. E-e-ed me-e-e-et Fre-e-ed while he fe-e-ed his p-e-e-e-t Great Job.
4. Students, now I want you to take out your primary paper and a pencil. When we are learning the /e/, we can match the sound with a lowercase vowel e. We are
going to practice writing the letter e. On your paper we will begin to write together. Start your pencil just below the middle of the fence, make a straight line, curve up with your pencil to the middle of the fence, and come around as the shape of a half circle and touch
the sidewalk bringing your pencil up a little above the sidewalk to a point. I am coming around to look at your e. Once I put a check by it, I want to make a row of e's just
like that one. Say to yourself the directions for making an ćeä. Remember when you see this letter that it makes the creaky door, eeeee.
5. Now we are going to play game. I am going to give you an e card. Letās make the sound again together će-e-e-e.ä I have some cards with words on them. In our game the cards will be face down. When you pick one and flip it over, say the word. Hold up your e card if you hear the creaky door in the word. If you say the word right and it decide if it as a creaky door e sound correct you get to keep that card. Before the game begins, I am going to pronounce these words and if you have any questions raise your hand.
I will model the pronunciation of the words and begin the game. The
words are bed, ball, bat, wet, cat, get, pet, net, egg, sat, and pen.
6. Today students you will read Pen Pals. Does anyone know what a Pen Pal is? Letās read the story and find out what a pen pal is in this story. After everyone reads the story letās see what we found out. Read the story and have a discussion about the book.
7. Now boys and girls we are going to re-read the story and letās play detective and search for all the words with that creaky door e in them. Then read it again and spot the words with /e/. After everyone is finished we will write the words on the board.

8. For the assessment, I am going to pass out a sheet divided into squares. In each square there are two pictures. On this sheet you have to figure out if the missing letter is an e. How can you do that? Say the word very slowly and decide if you hear that old creaky door e in that word. If you do fill in the blank with the e. Remember to write it how we practiced today. The pictures will be: ball and net, bed and chair, apple and egg, chicken and cow.
References: AU, Pen Pals, Carson, Educational Insights, 1990 P.1-8
Lesson Reference: Jennifer Wood, E-e-e-e, Shut That Creaky Door.

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