Reading Games Lesson Plan: Long Vowel Phonemes - 'ea' and 'ee'

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- Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Plan
- Individual Computer Lesson Plan
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Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Plan

Overview

  • Look at the long vowel phonemes ea and ee at the bottom of the reading game
  • Look at the incomplete words in the box
  • Drag the correct long vowel to form an ea word or an ee word
  • Continue until all words are complete - watch Mango make her way up the tree
  • Continue until reading game is finished
  • Undo an answer by clicking on the bee

Context of Lesson

To use the correct long vowel phoneme, ea or ee, to form new words

Resources Required

Interactive whiteboard, individual whiteboards and pens, small cards (A4 pdf) with words from the game (beak, heap, leap and read / green, free, seed and need), list of words (A4 pdf) from the reading game, prepared homework sheet (A4 pdf)

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize and use alternative ways of spelling the phonemes already taught, e.g. ea sound can be spelt with ee
  • Begin to understand which words contain which spelling alternatives

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to hold up the words beak, heap, leap and read - ask the pupils to say these words.
  • Then show the words green, free, seed and need - ask the pupils to say these words.
  • Remind the pupils that words often sound the same but are spelt differently
  • Teacher to load the interactive reading game Long Vowel Phonemes: Making Words with ea and ee Sound on to the classroom's interactive whiteboard.
  • Teacher to explain to class that they are going to help Mango get back to her nest by putting the correct sound for each ea or ee word. Teacher to read the on-screen instructions with the class then start the game. Teacher to model clicking and dragging the ea and ee sounds to form new words - encourage class to participate in sounding out words as they are formed. Ask the class if the words look spelt correctly.
  • Allow the pupils to play the game by selecting one-by-one to come to the interactive whiteboard to click and drag an ea or ee sound. Encourage class to participate - whole class can sound out each word as it is completed. Play the reading game more than once so that as many pupils as possible have had a turn at clicking and dragging.
  • PLENARY: Split the class into two groups - the 'ea' group and the 'ee' group. Give out the small whiteboards and pens. Ask the pupils to write as many words as they can remember from the reading game using their group's sound. Teacher and teaching assistant each work with a group, prompting and scribing for less able, and encouraging the more able to write more words.
  • End the literacy lesson by asking pupils to show their whiteboards and each group to say one new ea or ee word that was not in the reading game. Teacher to show the class the list of words from the game so that they can check their answers.

Literacy Homework

On the prepared literacy homework sheet, ask pupils to read the sentence, then to circle the ea sounds with one colour and the ee sounds with another colour. Pupils to illustrate their sentence.
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Individual Computer / Computer Suite Lesson Plan

Overview

  • Look at the long vowel phonemes ea and ee at the bottom of the reading game
  • Look at the incomplete words in the box
  • Drag the correct long vowel to form an ea word or an ee word
  • Continue until all words are complete - watch Mango make her way up the tree
  • Continue until reading game is finished
  • Undo an answer by clicking on the bee

Context of Lesson

To use the correct long vowel phoneme, ea or ee, to form new words

Resources Required

Interactive whiteboard, PCs or laptops, small card (A4 pdf) with the ea sound on it, small card (A4 pdf) with ee sound on it, word processing programme, prepared homework sheet (A4 pdf)

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize and use alternative ways of spelling the phonemes already taught, e.g. ea sound can be spelt with ee
  • Begin to understand which words contain which spelling alternatives
  • Use keyboard to type simple narratives
  • Word process short narratives and non-narrative texts

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to show the small card with the ea sound on it - ask pupils to say the sound and to give some ea words.
  • Then show the small card with the ee sound on it, explain that ee sounds the same as ea but is used in different words - can they think of any?
  • Teacher to load the interactive reading game Long Vowel Phonemes: Making Words with the ea and ee Sound on to the computer suite's interactive whiteboard. Teacher to read the on-screen instructions with the class, start the game, then model clicking and dragging the ea and ee sounds to complete words. Ensure that each word completed is sounded out - does it look right?
  • Pupils to play the reading game in pairs or singly depending on the number of available computers. If sharing a computer, encourage pupils to alternate mouse control and to help one another with difficult words.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to move between pupils to assist. Alternatively, teacher or teaching assistant could work with a specific group or pair, of either higher or lower ability, to help or extend depending on the group.
  • As pupils complete the reading game they could move to a word processing programme and type as many ea and ee words from the reading game as they can remember. Those working in pairs could each take a sound and type a word, taking turns.
  • PLENARY: Teacher to select pupils to give a word from the game. Teacher to list ea and ee words in two columns on the whiteboard - which sound has the most words. Did we remember them all?

Literacy Homework

On the prepared homework sheet, pupils to list three new words that were NOT in the reading game. Illustrate each word where possible.
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Making words with the ea and ee sound

Help Mango get back to her nest by clicking and dragging the ea and ee sounds to make words.

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