Today I have an activity for the phonics vowel sounds. We are teaching the phonics vowel sounds for the short letter e!! Hooray! My last post I explained teaching vowel sounds. Today, I have a few fun activities and a book to help teach the short letter e phonics vowel sound.
The first thing I would do when teaching the short letter e is to read the book Elmer the Elephant.
Elmer is such a cute little book about an elephant that looks different from the others. He tries to look like the others, but in doing so, realizes he likes to stand out better. The other elephants find a clever way to support his differences. Here is a video of someone reading the Elmer the Elephant book.
Before teaching, I would say that we are listening for the short vowel e sound. The e says ‘eh”…… and then, I would ask what sound an elephant makes…the elephant says “ehhhhh” (you can move your arm like the trunk of an elephant. )
Then, after I finished reading Elmer the Elephant, I would then make elephants out of eggs (emphasize the short e phonics vowel sounds). I did this with my children and it was a lot of fun. After we made our elephants, we went thought of names for the elephants -they had to start with the short or long e phonics vowel sounds. We named our elephants Ellen, Elanore, Ethan, Eva, Elaa, Edward, Eden and Emily.
Then, after making our elephants, we put them to bed….(bed has a short e phonics vowel sound in it too!)
To make, all we did was add some sticky googly eyes to the eggs. Then we cut out elephant ears and a trunk from felt and glued it to the egg. The children had a hard time being patient waiting for the glue to try. It did work, eventually, but, you have to be patient to wait for it to dry. I would have liked to have tried double sided tape to see if that worked better. I am guessing it might be a better choice. The kids really LOVED the project, though, and the elephants were adorable.
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