Eddy the Elephant
For beginner readers it is important that the
realizes whole words are comprised of individual letters and that these
individual letters has one or more phonemes. It is imperative that
understand that vowels are in every word. In this lesson the
e=/e/ is taught with a letterbox lesson. In this lesson there will be a
and a tongue twister to go along with the correspondence. By the end of
lesson the student will be able to spell and read the words from the
Magnetic letterboxes for teacher (5
Dry erase board and markers.
Large magnetic letters “ b,
c, d, e,
h, I, n, p,
r, s, s, t, w.
Individual letterboxes for each
Individual letters (same as the
Copies of Red Get Fed for the whole
"Eddy the Elephant Enjoys riding
with Eggs" on a sentence strip for the board.
Blank sentence strip for writing the
- I will begin the lesson by explaining
the importance of individual letter sounds and introducing the letter
correspondence for the lesson. "Today we
are going to learn about the sound the vowel “e makes.
There are lots of words that we use everyday
that have the
letter “e in them. Let's all say
together. Very good! It
sounds just like an old creaky door (showing a picture of a door). Lets
all pretend we are opening a creaky door while making the sound ready
eeeeeeee. Good job!"
- "Now let's practice writing the letter
e. (I will write it on the dry erase board that has a large sentence
strip). Start at the bottom and make a c up to the fence, then connect
back to the center of the c" (I will demonstrate this on the blank
sentence strip). "Very good!" (I will be walking around after my
demonstration, to make sure they are writing it correctly on the
primary paper I have passed out to them).
- "Now let's go back to the sound the
letter e makes. I have a silly tongue twister that I would like
everyone to say with me (I will point to the sentence strip on the
board). Eddy the Elephant Enjoys riding Elevators with Eggs. Very good."
- Let's try it one more time and let's
pretend we are opening the creaky door when we hear the /e/ sound.
Eeeeddy the Eeeeelephant Eeeeenjoy riding Eeeeelavtaors with Eeeeggs.
- "So now that we all know how to write
and say the letter e, I am going to say some words out loud and I want
to you to raise you hand and tell me if you can hear the /e/ sound in
them, ready? Red or blue? Tell or tall? Arm or leg? Beg or bag?" (If
answered wrong go back and allow the student to say the two words
aloud, which one sounds like it has the creaky door in it, praise when
correct answer is said.
- "Boys and girls you did very well on
finding the sound and letter e in those words! Now let's try and spell
some words using our letter boxes (I will place four letter boxes on
the board to begin). All right everyone get out four letterboxes and
all your letters. Let's practice one together, everyone spell "bless"
with me. Some of you will notice that there are only four boxes and
five letters in bless. When you feel your mouth only move once like
with the double "ss" you put them together in the last box. Now I want
you to try some on your own" (I will give them the word, then allow
time for everyone to do it in their letter boxes, I will walk to check.
I will then do the word on the board with my letters then give them the
next word, until we finish the lesson, the words they will be spelling
are 4-[chest, nest, send, went] and 5-[spend, trend].
- "Boys and girls you did very good
working with your letterboxes, now I am going to write the words, we
just spelled, up on the board and let's say them together!" (I will
write all the words on the board and read them together as a class,
listening closely to the sound e).
- "I have a book called Red Gets Fed. It
is about a dog named Red, who wants to eat, so he tries to wake Meg and
her dad. Do you think he will get fed? Let's read to find out!" (At
this time I will pass out the books to the class). "Follow along as I
read. See if you can spot any /e/ sounding words!" (I will then read
the book aloud walking around to make sure the student is keeping up
- "You did very good following along
with me, while I read. Did anyone hear some /e/ sounds while we read?
Raise your hand if you can tell me a word" (I will give praise if
correct and positive scaffolding if incorrect word is said). "Very good
boys and girls I am so proud of the work you have done today."
- My individual assessment will be based
on the discussion after reading Red Gets Fed. Their ability to find the
letter e and hear the sound /e/, will show their comprehension of my
lesson and the correspondence /e/.
Fed Educational Insights, Carson, CA
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