Edward the Elephant Escaped

Beginning Reading Lesson

Ben Gross

Rationale: This lesson will be used to progress in spelling ability and help beginning readers in becoming fluent readers. The goal for this lesson is to learn the correspondence e = /e/ in written and spoken language. The students will practice spelling and reading words using Elkonin boxes and will read a new book to recognize e =/e/ in words with various phonemes.


White board,

writing utensil for it


letters: n,e,e,e,t,j,h,n,b,n,d,c,k,g,l

words on 3x5 index cards : net, jet, hen, bed, bent, deck, leg




1.     Introduce the lesson "Today we are going to be learning the /e/ sound." (Write the letter on the board for the students to see.)

2.     Next we are going to practice saying the /e/ sound in a silly sentence. Listen as I say the tongue twister first: "Edward the elephant escaped from the exhibit." This time listen for the /e/ sound as I repeat the tongue twister; put a thumbs up when you hear the sound. (Repeat the tongue twister.) Let's practice saying the sentence together now and then stretching it out: "EEEEdward the eeeelephant eeescaped from the eeeexhibit." "Good job, everyone!"

3.     Now that we know how to make the /e/ sound, let's practice writing it. I will show you how to write an e and then you will have time to try. Let's all write it five times and then we will begin another activity.

4.     We can now recognize the letter e and the /e/ sound; next we are going to use our letter tiles and boxes to practice spelling words. When we say /e/ sound our mouths make a distinct movement. Our mouths movement differently for each sound/letter in a word. Sometimes the sounds are made with two different letters. An example is the word "egg," there are two gg  in the spelling, but they only make the /g/. Now we are going to use our boxes and letter tiles to spell the word egg. Now we are going to practice with our boxes and spell these words: net, jet, hen, bed, bent, deck, leg

5.     Now we are going to read our story. The story will assistance the students with learning the /e/ in written words. "Elf in The Tent" is a story of a daughter Jan and her father going camping. Little did they know that Elf their cat snuck in the car to go with them. They camped in the bend and Elf got wet and got in the tent. The father finally realized that Elf was there because he was wet. So Jan feeds Elf and everyone is happy.

6.     Now I will assess the students learning of the letter e and the /e/ sound. Students will complete and activity sheet with illustrations.  The students will cut out the pictures and then glue them onto the corresponding word. When students complete the activity have them turn the paper over and write 2 sentences using 2 of the words from the worksheet. The teacher will be able to grade matching correspondences and if they know how to use a words in a sentence and write it correctly. This assessment will help verify if the students have mastered the letter or if they need more practice.



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