Are you looking for letter Ee activities to use with your preschooler or kindergartner? Maybe you’re a classroom teacher browsing for more ideas.
Research tells us that a direct, explicit approach to teaching the alphabet is more effective than indirect teaching. Enjoy the crafts, art ideas, and book list, but know that using a scripted routine like the one below is the most efficient way to teach letters and sounds. Make it your own!
How to introduce letter Ee
- Say words that begin with Ee: Say each word after me. (Emphasize the /ĕ/ at the beginning of each word as you say it.) Edge. Elephant. Elevator. What sound do you hear at the beginning of each of these words? The sound is /ĕ/.
Talk about what your mouth is doing as you say the sound: Look at what my mouth is doing as I say /ĕ/. Now you try. Put your finger between your teeth when you say the sound. Is your mouth open a lot or a little? (a little) Put your hand on your throat as you say /ĕ/. Is it a quiet or noisy sound? (noisy)
- Introduce the letter on a flash card: (Hold up the letter E card in uppercase or lowercase.) This is the letter E. When we see this card, we say “E spells /ĕ/.” Your turn. (Students: “E spells /ĕ/.”)
How to practice writing uppercase letter E
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter E, we start at the top. We go down. Then across, across, across. Watch me put my hand in the air and write an E in the sky. I start at the top, go down, across, across, across. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start at the top. Go down, across, across, across.
- Have students finger-write the letter: Make an E by moving your finger on the table. Start at the top. Go down, across, across, across. Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “E spells /ĕ/.” Remember to underline the E when you say /ĕ/. (Practice multiple times.)
How to practice writing lowercase letter e
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter e, we start in the middle. We go across, back, and around. Watch me put my hand in the air and write an e in the sky. I start in the middle, go across, back, and around. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start in the middle. Go across, back, and around.
- Have students finger-write the letter: Make an e by moving your finger on the table. Start in the middle. Go across, back, and around. (Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “e spells /ĕ/.” Remember to underline the e when you say /ĕ/. Practice multiple times.)
Other letter Ee activities
- Count the Eggs (counting mats)
- E is for Elephant (dot sticker page)
- Little Letter E Book (rhymes & songs)
More alphabet resources
- Alphabet picture cards from A-Z
- Beginning sound clip cards
- Beginning sound coloring pages
- Beginning sound match mats
Find the rest of the alphabet HERE.
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