Easy Enough

A Beginning Reading Lesson

Hannah Gooden


This lesson teachers students about the long vowel correspondence ea=/E/. In order for children to be able to read, the must learn to recognize the spellings that map out word pronunciations. In this lesson children will learn to recognize, spell, and read words containing ea=/E/. They will learn a meaningful representation (thumbs up for easy), they will spell and read words containing this spelling in a letterbox lesson, and read a decodable book that focuses on the correspondence.


graphic image of Thumbs Up for Easy, cover-up critter, smartboard for teacher to model letterbox lesson, letter box for each student, letter tiles for each student (s,e,a,m,h,p,b,k,t,v,r), list of spelling words (easily visible), decodable text The Mean Geese, assessment worksheet


1. Say "In order to become expert readers we must learn the code that tell us how to pronounce words. We have already learned the short vowel words with e, like ten, and today we are going to learn about the long E sound, when e and a are together in a word the e says it's name, /E/. When I say /E/ think about giving a thumbs up because something is easy (show image). Now, let's look at the spelling of /E/ that we will be learning today. One way to spell /E/ is with the letter e beside the letter a." (write ea on the board)

2. Say, "Before we learn about the spelling of /E/, we need to listen for it in some words. When I listen for /E/ in words, I hear e say it's name and I felt my mouth open and my tongue behind my bottom teeth. (make vocal gesture for /E/) I'll show you first; easy, I hear e say it's name and I felt my mouth open and my tongue behind my bottom teeth. Now, I am going to see if it is in pen. Hmm, I didn't hear e say its name. Now you try it, if you hear /E/ say, 'Easy Enough' and give a thumbs up. If you don't hear it say "That's not it." Is it in: ten, beam, mean, take, face, beach? (Have children give a thumbs up when they hear e say it's name /E/).

3. Say "What if I want to spell beach? "I love playing in the sand at the beach." Beach is the sand where the ocean meets the shore. To spell beach in letterboxes, first I need to know how many phonemes I have in the word so I stretch it out and count: /b/ /E/ /ch/. It needs 3 boxes. I heard that /E/ just after the /b/ so I'm going to place the ea in the second square. The word starts with /b/ so I'm going to place to b in the first square. I hear /ch/ at then end. C and H make the /ch/ sound so I will place them together in the third box. Now, I'll show you how I would read a tough word. (Display poster the with word beach and model reading the word.) I'm going to start with the ea; that part says /E/. Now, I'm going to put the beginning letter with it: b-ea-. Now, I'll put that chunk together with the last sound, bea-ch. Oh, beach, like "The beach is fun." "

4. Say "Now, I'm going to have you spell some words in letterboxes. You'll start out easy with three boxes for team. A team is a group of people that work together, such as a football team. "The team played very hard to win the game." Do you remember that e and a go in the same box? I will check your spelling as I walk around the room. (observe). You'll need 3 boxes for the next word: mean. (Allow children to spell remaining words, giving sentence for each word: seam, heap, beak, beast, beaver.

5. Say: "Now, I am going to let you read the words you've spelled." (Show the words, plus dream and feast, and pseudo word feak. Have children read the words together. Afterwards, call on individuals to read a word on the list until everyone has had a turn.

6. Say: "You've done a great job with reading words with our new spelling for /E/= ea. Now we are going to read a book called The Mean Geese. This is a story about mean geese. First, they scare Scat's kittens. Now, they are after Lad. Ben better watch out! The geese may get after you too! Let's pair up and take turns reading The Mean Geese to find out who else the geese get after. (Children pair up and take turns reading alternate pages while the teacher walks around the room and observes. After paired reading the class will reread the story out loud together, stopping after each page to discuss.)

7. Say: "Before we finish up with out lesson about one way to spell /E/= ea. I want to see how you can solve a reading problem. On this worksheet, I need you to write 3 sentences using the ea words. Just use the first row on words in the word bank. (collect the worksheets to evaluate each child's progress.)


Geri Murry, Oh, I didn't know! http://www.auburn.edu/~murrag1/BRMurrayG.htm

Murray, G. (2004) The Mean Geese. Reading Genie: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/bookindex.html

Assessment worksheet:




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