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Introducing the Letter E

Here are lots of good ideas from all over the place for introducing the letter E. Most of these activities use the across-the-curriculum approach. These ideas are not just for preschoolers, but can be used remedially for any level, and for teaching students whose first language is not English.





Lesson Ideas & Activities:

Play Hide the E. Cut a large, capital or lower case letter E out of poster board or construction paper. Hide the letter somewhere, either in the open and slightly camouflaged or near an object that would begin with the letter E. Let the child(ren) look for the letter. You can say getting warm as they get closer to finding the letter or you can clap faster or slower depending on how close they are to the letter.

Think of all the names that start with the letter E: Ernie, Eunice, Evie, Eve, Elmer, Edwin, Edward, etc.

Pretend you are on a treasure hunt. Find things around the house that start with the letter E that could be the treasure.

Learn about elephants. You could get a book(s) from the library or watch a Natural Geographic video.

Create your own book. You could make a picture book by letting them cut pictures of things that start with E out of magazines or they could draw their own pictures.

Go on a make believe trip to cities, countries or continents that begin with the letter E. Some examples could be Egypt, the Erie Canal, England, Ecuador, Edinburgh (in Scotland), Edmonton (in Alberta, Canada), Eiffel Tower (in France), etc. You could find these on a globe or map, pretend to take an airplane trip there and then sample foods from that area or learn something new about that geographic area. This would be a great way to introduce geography and map skills. You could also watch a video or tv broadcast about that area. Check your local library for what’s available.

The the sign for the letter E in the American Sign Language. Here is a helpful site:
American Sign Language
a printable page for ASL

Make different kinds of homemade modeling clays and actually shape the letter Ee with it. Some of these “clays” are edible and add even more fun to this activity. Some examples are:
Marzipan Clay
Frosting Clay
Sand Clay
Cheese Clay
Chocolate Fudge Clay


Or, you could make letter shaped cookies or pretzels using any of the cookies doughs that you normally bake or purchase from the grocery store.

At this website there are so many activities that they are hard to keep track of. Mrs. Alphabet also has a newsletter that you can subscribe to. Mrs. Alphabet

You can exercise. Or, participate in a field and sports day at the park.

Play the game of Echo. It requires two people. Have one person say something to another person across the room. The other person must immediately repeat the exact words the first person spoke, making an echo. You can vary this by using different volumes of voice and going as fast or as slow as you want.

Find everything in a room that uses electricity.

You can decorate real (hardboiled) or cut out eggs. Or, you can cut out a large E from tag board and decorate it with paper eggs or clean, broken egg shells.

Fun can be had by doing experiments. Any experiment will do, but hands-on and/or messy ones are usually the ones most favored by this age group.

Study about Eskimos.

Take a ride on an elevator or escalator.

Draw elephants.

Letter Ed
Ee Theme
Egypt Theme
Elephant Theme
Egg Theme
Easter Theme Earth Day Theme


Coloring Pages for Ee:

http://www.pbs.org/kids/sesame/html/e.html
http://www.dltk-kids.com/alphabuddies/letter-e.html
http://worksheets01.tripod.com/Color_E.html
http://www.searsportrait.com/images/color_pages/color_letters/e.gif
http://learningpage.com/free_pages/menu_basics/alpha_zaner.html
http://www.learningplanet.com/parents/alphabet/e.gif
http://www.alphabet-soup.net/dir6/e.jpg
http://www.childfun.com/color/alpha/e.shtml
http://www.clubhouse24.com/ehb.htm
http://freeworksheets.com/fws/sub_cat2.asp?cat=Ages3to6&sub_cat1=Letters
http://www.angelfire.com/mn/cozycottage/signlang.html
http://www.beginningreading.com/Flashcard_Ee.gif
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/6459/abcbookbonus.html
http://freeworksheets.com/fws/listfiles.asp?cat=Ages3to6&sub_cat1=Letters&sub_cat2=abchats


Prepared Lesson Plans:

Alphabet Quilt
Alphabet Theme
Teach-nology’s Alphabet Theme
Animal Alphabet
Yummy ABC
Phonics
Cozy Cottage
Preschool Alphabet Games
Funzone
Ee Theme


Song:

Check here:
http://www.stairway.bc.ca/alphasongs/e.html

Snacks or Treats:

English muffins
Eggs
Egg plants
Egg drop soup
Eskimo pies


Literature:

Dr. Suess’s A B C
Encore for Eleanor


Any book from the library on a Ee theme listed above would be a good addition.

Words: Check the ideas above for Ee words.


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