Grandpa Cannot Hear /E/

Grant Chaffin

Beginning Reading

Rational:  After this lesson children will understand that when they see "ea" in words it is pronounced /E/.  Children will learn to identify the vowel digraph "ea" with /E/ in written language.  Students will be provided with a chant to help them hear the sound that this vowel digraph makes.  Also, I will have them complete a letter box lesson to apply the new correspondence.   Finally, I will have them read some pseudo words with the new vowel digraph.

1. Word list for the letter box lesson:  clear, cream, dream, sneak, steal, streak, screen

2. Copy of phoneme chant:  It is so hard for grandpa to hear, he puts his hand up by his ear.

3. Pencil

4. Paper

5. Assessment sheet for students to read pseudo words from to check for understanding.

6. Picture of a grandpa.


1. I will begin by teaching the children the phoneme chant about grandpa.  At this time I will show them a picture of a grandpa to help them remember with a picture to associate with the sound.  I will show the child the letters "ea".  "Do you know what sound these letters make?  They make the /E/ sound when they appear in a word together.  To help us remember that sound I am going to teach you a chant.  It is so hard for grandpa to heeaaar, he puts his hand up by his eeeaarrr.  You see how in these two words the "ea" letters make the /E/ sound."

2. Let us practice using the "ea" letters in some words in a letter box lesson.  Can you show me the word "clear"?  Great job!  Now can you show me the word "cream"?  Great you have really got the hang of this. 

3. To really help you remember the sound that the letters "ea" make I have brought you a picture.  Here is a picture of a grandpa who cannot hear very well.  You see how he is putting his hand up to his ear to help him hear what it is that you are saying/"

4. Finally for assessment I will have a worksheet for the children that has some "ea" pseudo words for them to complete.  I will have them read the words to me and see how well they recognize the new correspondence in unfamiliar words.  " I am going to show you some words that you have never seen before and I want you to try and read them to me the best that you can.  You ready?  Ok.  What is this word."  Show the child the first flash card with "mea" on it.  "Great you ready for the next one."


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