Sheep Ride in a Jeep with the letter E

Emergent Literacy

Rachael Sealy


Rationale: This lesson will help children identify /E/, the phoneme represented by EE and EA. Students will learn to identify the phoneme /E/ in spoken language by learning the sound Eek. I will demonstrate the way a person would say this sound if they were startled or scared of something. Students will also learn to identify the phoneme /E/ when represented by EE and EA in written text. I will introduce this using a simple book containing multiple uses of the phonemes /E/.


Materials: Primary paper and pencil; book Sheep in a Jeep written by: Nancy Shaw(Houghton Mifflin, 1986); word cards with FREE, BEE, SAND, BRAND, BELL, SEA; assessment worksheet that allows student to identify words with /E/ sound.


Procedures: 1. Say: Our written language can be very hard to understand. One thing that is very tricky is learning what letter stand for-the mouth moves we make as we say words. Today we're going to work on spotting the mouth move /E/. We spell /E/ three different ways. The first is EE. The second way is EA, and the third way is E_E. /E/ sounds like the noise we would make if was saw a rat run under our feet, EEK!


2. Lets pretend we are in the kitchen eating our breakfast when all of a sudden we see a big fat rat and we scream EEEEK at the top of our lungs. Notice how your mouth moves when you make that sound. Notice how your mouth spreads wide and your tongue touches your bottom teeth.


3. Let me show you how to find /E/ in the word sheep. I'm going to stretch sheep out in super slow motion and listen for my eek sound.  Sh-ee-p. There it was! I felt my mouth spread out wide and my tongue touch my teeth.


4. Lets try a tongue twister. ���Three sheep riding in a jeep make the horn go beep beep.��� Everybody say it three times together. Now say it again, and this time, stretch out the /E/ sound in the middle of the words. ���Threee sheeep riding in a jeeep make the horn go beeep beeep.���


5. Have students take out primary paper and pencil.] We use the letters EE and EA to spell /E/ but today we are going to focus on EE. Let's write the lowercase ee.  Start on the sidewalk and make the letter c. Once you have the letter c you can draw a line on the fence to connect the top part of the c and turn it into an e. Now make another e so that you have ee. Okay now everybody show me how you can make the letters ee. Once I come around and tell you that yours is right go ahead and make 9 more ee's.


6. Call on students to answer and tell how they knew: Do you hear /E/ in week or wreck? Free or lent? Tree or Turn? Bee or Bin? See or Sand? Say: Now let's see if you can spot the mouth move /E/ in some words. Raise your hand like you see a rat if you hear /E/: The, sheep, drove, three, miles, past, a, tree, to, find, a, bumblebee.


7. Say: ���Now we are going to read the book Sheep in a Jeep.  As I read I want you to listen for the /E/ sound. Every time you hear the /E/ sound hold up your arms like your scared and saying eek!


8. For assessment, distribute the worksheet. Students are to say the names of the two pictures in each box and color the one with the /E/ sound.




Internet: Brushing Your Teeth with F by Bruce Murray


Book: Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1986, pp.1-37.


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