Darby Wallingsford

Emergent Literacy Project:  Ehhh? I can't hear you!
Rationale:  Students need to be able to learn that letters stand for phonemes which work together to map out words. To be able to read children must understand phonemes first. In this lesson students will learn /e/ or short e. Short e is one of the most used correspondences in our English language and it is very important children master this correspondence.
Materials: Primary paper and pencil, sentence strip with "Everybody saw Eddie and the Eskimo enter the elevator on the elephant", Wet Legs (Innovative Kids),  worksheet with pictures of a cat, elephant, bed, house, desk, dress, mouse, and eggs, red crayons.
1) Tell students: Have you ever heard someone say /e/ when they cannot hear something? A person might say/e/, I can't hear you! We can hear the /e/ sound in many words. Let's try the word red. Re-e-e-· See there is the /e/ sound.
3) Now, say this tongue twister after I say it, " Everybody saw Eddie and the Eskimo enter the elevator on the elephant." Now lets all say it together. Now I will take off the /e/ of each word. /E/verybody saw /E/ddie and the /E/skimo enter the /e/lavator on the /e/lephant. Now let's all take off the /e/ and say it again.
4) Now let's write the letter /e/. Start with your pencil in the center of the space below the fence, go toward the door, up to touch the fence, around and up. Now I will come around and look at your e. If I say your e looks good, please write a whole row of e's.
5) Now I say some words. Hear are the words(say words) pet, sad, wet, run, some, leg, apple, dead. Tell me which words you hear the /e/ sound in.  Hold up your hand by your hear if you hear the /e/ sound. Do not do anything if you don't heart the /e/ sound
6) Read "Wet Legs"  and talk about the story. Read story again and ask the students to raise their hands when they hear the /e/ sound. Give students adequate time to hear the words. Then write the /e/ words on the board that the children tell you they hear.
7) For assessment, give the students a picture page and have them circle each picture with the  /e/ sound with a red crayon.

Reference: Eldrege, J. Lloyd. Prentice Hall, Inc.(1995). "Phonemic Awareness and the Alphabetic Principle". Teaching  Decoding in Holistic Classrooms. 23-32.

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