Red Gets Fed

The Guide to Great Reading

Mary Kathryn Johnston

Rationale: Understanding the alphabetic principle will allow a student to become a successful reader.  A student must understand that each phoneme and grapheme in the English alphabet.  This lesson will allow students to recognize that the letter e makes the /e/ sound in spoken words.  Students will be given a meaningful representation along with the letter /e/, vocal gesture, and finding /e/ in written and spoken words.


Materials:  primary paper and pencil, Red Gets Fed book, Letter e on the board, chart with "Red gets fed before bed after he begs Meg," laminated picture with red the pet on it attached to a stick, note cards with  the words pet, bed, begs, wags, dad, gets, apple, fox, fed, creaky door.



1 "Today we are going to read about Red the dog.  To be able to read about the dog you will need to know the short /e/ sound.  The short /e/ can be heard in the word web. Can you hear the /e/ in web? If you stretch the word web out the /w/ is made my pursing your lips like a kiss followed by /e/.  The /e/ looks like an awkward smile with the lips stretched wide and the mouth and teeth are closed.  To finish web is the letter b where the lips are pressed together for a moment and then they part.  The /e/ is what we are going to focus on today." Have the letter e written on the board so the students can get a visual of what the letter looks like. 


2 "I want you to look at this picture of a creaky door, it makes the eeeeh sound.  Lets all act like we are opening the door and say the eeehh sound."


3 "The sound the door makes is the letter e. Let me show you how to find /e/ in the word vest.  I'm going to stretch the word vest out and want you to listen for the creaking door. V-eeee-st, there it is I felt my lips pull back and almost smile.  I can hear the creaking door in vest. /e/"


4 "Now lets say this tongue twister (point at the chart) repeat after me.  Red gets fed before bed after he begs Meg.  Let's say this two times together and on the third time stretch the /e/ in the middle of the words.  Reeeed geeets feeeed beeeefore beeeed after he beeeegs Meeeeg.  Now lets try breaking the /e/ up in the words like this. R/e/d g/e/ts f/e/d before b/e/d after he b/e/gs M/e/g. Great Job!"


5 "Take out your paper and pencil.  We use E to write the sound /e/.  For a capital E go down for a strong backbone, over for his hat, over for his belt, and over for his shoes.  For a lowercase e get in the center of the space below the fence, go right toward the door, up to touch the fence around and up.  After I check your correct e's I want you to make four more of both capital and lowercase e."

6 "Now that we know what an e looks like I want you to help me identify some words.  I will show you a card with the word on it and give you two words it might be.  I want you to raise your hand if you know the correct answer:

·         Red                 Is this red or rap?

·         Fed                  Is this fed or red?

·         Pet                   Is this pet or pat?

·         Bed                 Is this bed or bad?

7 "Now we are going to play a game.  I want you each to come up with as many words as you can with the e=/e/ sound and write them down. When we are through we will make a list of what words you came up with."

8 "Now we are going to practice adding the /e/ sound to words.  For example, if I say rad I want you to change the /a/ sound to the /e/ sound to make red. 

            Tan->ten          vast->vest        pat->pet           gal->gel           nat->net           foot->feet

9 Gather the students for a book talk to introduce Red Gets Fed. Booktalk, "Red is Megs pet who is very hungry.  He begs Meg to feed him but Meg and her dad are in bed.  Do you think Red ever gets fed? You have to read and find out." (They each read the story individually)

10 Assessment-The students are given a matching worksheet with all the words on it and they match the picture to the word.  They have to underling the creaking door /e/ sound in all the words. 


Adams, Marilyn Jager. Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print.


Red Gets Fed, Carson.  Educational Insights 2000. 


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