Peachy Teacup by the Stream
Rationale: To help children recognize the ea = /E/ correspondence. Children will learn to identify the vowel digraph by finding ea = /E/in spoken words, using the digraph in words they write, and in books read.
Materials: Index cards with "ea = /E/" written on them; primary paper and pencils; word box worksheet (with pictures and words for: cream, leaf, peach, peas, steam, and teapot); the books I'm a Little Teapot, as told by Iza Trapani and/or Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton; and picture worksheet (containing pictures of: oatmeal, seal, nail, meat, tie, chain, leaf, grapes, ice cream, goat, crab, and sneakers).
Procedure: All-caps is to be spoken by teacher, other print is instructive.
1) SOMETIMES VOWELS (A, E, I, O, U) COME IN PAIRS. TODAY, WE ARE WORKING WITH THE 'ea' TEAM. SOMETIMES WHEN e & a ARE TOGETHER IN A WORD, THEY SOUND LIKE /E/. Write year, heat, dream, east, and weak on the chalkboard. NOTICE THAT THE WORDS I HAVE WRITTEN ON THE BOARD HAS THE SAME TWO VOWELS IN THE MIDDLE. LISTEN CAREFULLLY AS I READ THEM AND SEE IF YOU CAN HEAR HOW THEY SOUND ALIKE. Extend the /E/ sound as each word is spoken while pointing to the ea in the word. NOW, SAY THEM WITH ME. VERY GOOD.
2) HOW ABOUT A TONGUE TWISTER? THE SEAL DREAMS OF A PEACHY TEACUP BY THE STREAM. NOW LET'S SAY IT TOGETHER. Give out cards with 'ea = /E/' on them. I WANT YOU TO HOLD YOUR CARD UP WHEN YOU HEAR THE /E/ SOUND WHILE WE SAY THE TONGUE TWISTER ONE MORE TIME. Children respond.
3) DO YOU HEAR THE /E/ SOUND IN EACH OR EVER? TEAM OR TERM? SEA OR SELL? CLEAR OR CLAP? Children respond.
4) Write p_ _ ch on the chalkboard. THIS WORD IS /pE/ /ch/ (peach). WHAT LETTERS ARE MISSING? Children respond. Repeat with bean, wheat, leap, and ear.
5) Give each child a piece of primary paper. NOW I WANT YOU TO PRACTICE WRITING 'ea' TOGETHER ACROSS ONE LINE OF YOUR PAPER. Write "ea ea ea" on the board.
6) Pass out the word box worksheet. HERE IS A WORKSHEET. THERE IS A BOX WITH WORDS USING ea = /E/ AND YOU ARE TO PUT THE CORRECT WORD IN THE BLANKS IN OR NEAR THE PICTURE.
7) NOW I WANT YOU TO TAKE TURNS READING A PAGE IN THE BOOK (either I'm a Little Teapot or Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel). Teacher should read what is left after each child has had a turn. I WANT YOU TO HOLD UP YOUR CARDS WHEN YOU HEAR A WORD THAT HAS THE /E/ SOUND IN IT. The children will hold up their cards for correct (ea = /E/) as well as incorrect words (keep, aria, diesel etc.) The teacher should sit next to a chalkboard while reading these books and write the incorrect words in one column and correct ones in another. Vocabulary for Teapot: teapot, steamed, dreams, eat, sea, and tea. This book can also be sung. Vocabulary for Mike Mulligan: steam, years, mean, neat, and leave.
8) For assessment purposes: pass out the picture worksheet. Have students read the names of the pictured objects out loud. Then instruct them to circle the proper pictures with ea = /E/ in their name.
9) For follow-up, the book could be re-read at a later date and the children could identify the 'ea' words instead of just the sounds.
Teaching Decoding in Holistic Classrooms, written by Lloyd Eldredge (1995), published by Prentice Hall, pages 153-154.
I'm a Little Teapot, as told be Iza Trapani (1996), published by Whispering Coyote Press, Dallas, TX (rhymes and song).
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton (1939), published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston.
Worksheet is of my own design.