Standards: ELACC2RF3: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
a. Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Essential Question: What sound does “ea” make?
Duration: about 20 minutes
Materials: chart paper, marker
Overview or notes pertaining to lesson: Students will learn that the ea sound can be different in different words.
Mini Lesson: Refer to the spelling words for the week. Have students discover that all the spelling words have the short e sound. Note that most have cvc, except for head. Brainstorm some words with “ea” in them, putting them in different columns depending on what sound “ea” makes.
Guided Practice: Guide students in seeing that “ea” makes different sounds. In our spelling word, head, “ea” has a short sound.
Independent Practice: Allow students some time to read their independent books and search for words that have “ea” in them. Have them decide what sound the “ea” makes in each of the words they find.
Closing: Share some words students have found in their independent books and the sound the “ea” makes.