SCARY, Creaky Door!
is not a process that comes naturally to anyone! In
order for children to be able to learn to
read and spell words, they must understand the concept and obtain the
alphabetic insight to do so. Children
need to know that letters stand for phonemes and spellings map out the
in written words. Children cannot match
letters to phonemes until they can understand and recognize the
spoken word context. Vowels in general
are very tricky and extremely difficult phonemes to recognize. In many cases, it is appropriate to
understand the short vowels first before learning the long vowels. This lesson is designed to help children
identify the /e/ (short e) sound. The
children will learn to recognize /e/ in spoken words by learning an
representation and a letter symbol.
Then, they will practice finding the /e/ in words.
with “The Eskimo fed his elk eggs on the empty red sled.”
page with: egg, bed, jet, pet, red, band, nest, desk, lip, skip, map,
Ask the children if they have ever watched Scooby Doo.
Explain to the students that the friends in
this show always have a mystery to solve, and our written language is
own mystery. The mystery of our written
language is figuring out the secret code!
The trickiest part is to learn what each
letter stands for – or rather the mouth movement we make as we say
words. Today we are going to work on
mystery” of making the /e/ mouth move.
At first, it will be hard to find the /e/ in words, but as you
and get to know it better, you will be able to “crack the case” and
spot /e/ in
all sorts of words!
2. Have you ever been in an old house or really
any house and heard an old door
say /e/ as it is being opened or closed?
Well, this is the mouth move that
we are looking for today in words. Let’s
all pretend that we are investigating
a mystery with Scooby Doo and are about the open a scary,
door! Now say /e/! [Pretend to open the
scary, creaky door]. You see,
many old doors make this creaky noise.
Make your scary, creak door
sound one more time: /e/!
3. We are going to try a tongue twister now
[displayed on chart]. “The Eskimo fed
his elk eggs on the empty red sled.”
Everyone say this sentence 3 times together!
I want you to say it again with me, but this
time raise your hand every time you hear the /e/ sound.
Now say it again, but this time stretch the
/e/ sound you hear in the words. “The
Eeeeskimo feeed his eeelk eeeggs on the reeed sleeed.”
[Have the students take out primary paper and a pencil]. We are getting so close to solving the
mystery! Now, we can use the letter e to
spell /e/. Let’s try it!
Now we are going to write the letter e! Everyone
get your pencil in the center of the
space just below the fence. Now, go
toward the door [right], up to touch the fence, around and up. I want to see everybody’s e.
After I put a smiley face on it, I want you
to make the letter e nine more times just like this first one! Here is another clue to the mystery… if you
see the letter e all by itself in a word, that is the signal to say /e/.
5. Let me show you how to find the /e/ sound in
the word best. I am going
to streeetch best out in really
slow motion, and I want you to listen for that scary, creaky door! B-b-b-b-e-e-e-e-s-s-s-s-t-t-t-t.
B-b-b-b-e-e-e-e…. We found another clue
gang! I do hear the scary, creaky door
/e/ in best!
6. Call on students to answer and tell you how
they knew: Do you hear /e/ tent
or grab? fell or clip?
fish or help?
bet or cap?
or brick? Now, pass out a
card to each student. Say:
Let’s see if you can spot the mouth move /e/ in some words. Open your scary, creaky door if you hear
/e/. The, Eskimo, fed, his, elk, eggs,
on, the, red, sled.
7. Read Red
Gets Fed and then talk about the story.
Give a book talk about it by telling the climax of the story,
telling the resolution. Ask questions
throughout the story about the plot to keep the students engaged. Now, read it again and have the students open
their scary, creaky door when they hear the /e/ sound in words. Make a list of the words they identify on the
board. Then, have each student draw a
scary, creaky door and write a message to Scooby Doo about why the door
scary using invented spelling. Display
8. For the children’s assessment, distribute
among the children the picture page and help the students go through
pictures naming each one of them. Ask
the students to help Scooby Doo solve the
case by circling the pictures whose names have /e/ in them.
the Creaky Door.
Sheila and Patti Briles (illustrator). Red Gets Fed. Educational Insights,
c2000. Carson, CA.
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