Tell students that today we will be learning that ee says /e/. Explain that first we will listen to a song about the about the double e letters, then we practice reading some long e words. Listen and watch the "Double e" song on YouTube. Ask student what the double e says. Next, the teacher will begin writing the long e words on the whiteboard, underlining the ee, and have students decode the words. The teacher will model with two or three words before having the students read them.
Independent Word Reading:
After the entire group has decoded all of the long e words from the whiteboard; students will read these words in sentences form the book. These sentences are written on index cards prior to the lesson. Each student will practice reading the sentence and when they are ready, they will read it to the teacher. Students should read at least three sentences from index cards, or more if time allows.
Next, the teacher will show the students the cover of the book. The teacher will say,"boys and girls you have read words with long e and sentences with long and now we are going to read a story about a sheep in a jeep that has many long e words. As you whisper read the story to yourself I am going to listen to individuals read the story. If you are struggling with a word we will work on it together when I am listening to you." If students have difficulty with a specific word(s) write them on note cards for the child to practice individually. When everyone has a chance to read the story the group will discuss what happened with the sheep and their jeep in the story.
The group will review what ee says. All students who struggled with certain words will be guided to decode the words written on their index cards. The teacher will check for knowledge of these words at the next group meeting time. Students will read the story independently without the teachers assistance.