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Lesson plan: long vowel phoneme -ea-

Whole Class: Text Level (approx. 15 mins)
  1. Read 'A meal by the sea' with the class and discuss the illustrations.
  2. Look at the structure of the poem. How many lines are there? Which words rhyme at the end of the lines? Do they know any other poems with a similar rhyming pattern?
  3. Talk about dreams. Discuss how impossible and unlikely things can happen in dreams.
  4. Use 'I dream of....' as the beginning of some poetic sentences. Ask one child to think of an -ea- word and another to choose one of the high frequency words. Both words then have to be included in a sentence beginning 'I dream of ....'
  5. Scribe several sentences for your class.

Whole Class: Word level (approx. 15 mins)
  1. Read the poem again and ask the class to indicate when they hear the long 'e' sound.
  2. Which letters are making the long 'e' sound in this poem? Invite children to come out and ring round the -ea- words.
  3. Remind the children about onsets and rimes and look for them in the -ea- words in the poem.
  4. Write the rimes 'eam' 'eal' 'eat', 'ea', 'each' up on the board. Use a range of onsets, blends, clusters and single letters to create as many -ea- words as possible.
    If you have time
  5. Read other rhymes (see suggestions above) and discuss other ways of writing the long 'e' sound.

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Long vowel phoneme: -ea-

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