Reading Words with a Short Vowel /e/ Sound

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 10430

Fred fell into bed. How many e sounds do you hear? You'll complete online games and hands-on activities while practicing the short /e/ sound until you can hear, read, and write like a pro!

categories

Phonics, Reading, Reading

subject
Reading
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

Look at the picture above.

It is an egg. What is the first sound you hear in the word egg? 

It is the short /e/ sound.This short /e/ sound is used in many words when you read and write.  Can you name a word with a short /e/ sound like the /e/ sound in egg? Tell your teacher or parent the word you thought of, and see if he or she can think of a word to rhyme with it.

In this lesson, you will practice reading words with a short vowel /e/ sound. Your goals are to be able to read and write each word correctly by listening to all of its letter sounds.

Watch Short /e/ Sound - Phonics to review the short /e/ sound:

Where is the /e/ sound?

Print the Short /e/ Picture Cards found in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. Cut out the letters and the picture cards. Lay the cards out on the table in front of you.

  1. Point to the picture of the egg.
    • Say the letter name E.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /e/ sound.
    • Stretch the /e/ sound in the word egg by saying eeeegg.
  2. Point to the picture of the boy named Ed.
    • Say the letter name E.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /e/ sound.
    • Stretch the /e/ sound in the word Ed by saying EEEEd.
  3. Point to the picture of the elephant.
    • Say the letter name E.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /e/ sound.
    • Stretch the /e/ sound in the word elephant by saying eeeelphant.
  4. Point to the picture of bed.
    • Say the letter name E.
    • Next say the picture name.
    • Now say the short /e/ sound.
    • Where do you hear the short /e/ sound in this word?
    • Stretch the /e/ sound in the middle of the word bed by saying beeeed.

Segmenting the Sounds in Words

Print the Short /e/ Segmenting Words Graphic Organizer found in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. Cut out the picture cards. Lay the cards and the segmenting mat out on the table in front of you.

  1. Begin with the picture of the egg.
    • Say “egg”.
    • Now say the beginning sound in egg, /e/.
    • Next say the ending sound in egg, /g/.
    • As you say each sound, move a new penny onto the mat for each sound you hear from beginning to end.
      • When you move the coins onto the mat, it will help you to hear each sound in the word.
      • How many sounds does the word egg have? The word egg has only two sounds.
  2. Now try saying the sounds in bed.
    • How many sounds do you hear in the word bed? Yes, there are three sounds in the word big.
  3. Repeat this procedure for the picture cards red and hen.

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