Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sparkly E

I found the idea for a "magic e" last year on Mrs. Wheeler's blog. When I saw this wand, I knew I had to make one.  When I searched through my cabinet for a cut out letter, I found a sparkly one and taped it to a ruler.  I decided to call my E, "sparkly E" and I love it!
I tell the students that when Sparkly E shows up, the vowel in the word is SO excited because the E is just so beautiful and shiny that the vowel just has to introduce itself.  "Hi, it's so nice to meet you.  My name is A."  I make a huge deal about this and really elaborate the story.  The kids really get into it.
 
We practice using the Sparkly E as a whole group.


Next, we made our own Sparkly E's so we could practice changing CVC words to CVCe words on our dry erase boards.
This is just a 3x5 index card cut in half and glued on a popsicle stick.

We also had fun learning this song that I made up about Sparkly E.
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If this is something you think you'd use in your classroom, leave me some love with a comment :)

29 comments:

  1. LOVE THIS!!! We start long vowels after Christmas and I am so excited to introduce Sparkly E! Love, love, love! Thank you for the cute poem too!

    Kelli :)

    CastlesandCrayons

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  2. Awesome! Thank you, loving the song and the simplicity of the prep work!

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  3. Cute, Cute! I love it. Thanks for Sharing!

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  4. So, so cute! And I have a new book recommendation for you - it's by Tom Lichtenheld and it's called E-mergency. You HAVE to see the book trailer on You Tube; the letter E falls down the stairs and the other letters have to do without him for awhile. Sounds perfect for this lesson!!

    Barbara

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  5. Love this. My low group is doing "sparkly e" next week.
    2B Honey Bunch

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  6. I do the "magic e" too!! But I didn't have the cute poem to go with it - thank you!

    ♥ Jen Ross
    The Teachers' Cauldron

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  7. Jodi...this ROCKS!!!! I LOVE it!!! Especially that poem!!! Thank you, thank you! We just started long vowels this past week. This is GREAT!!!! XOXO

    Cara :)
    The First Grade Parade

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  8. Jodi,
    We have been working on long vowels for a couple of weeks now and I have a couple of little ones who are still struggling. This might just be the ticket. L.O.V.E. the song! Thanks for sharing!!
    ~Fredia
    http://frogsinfirst.blogspot.com

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  9. Your timing is perfect! We started on magic e this week, but I was longing for some ideas to pep it up and really help my kiddos understand. I LOVE the wand and the song. Thank you!
    Camille
    An Open Door

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  10. Perfect timing! We started "sneaky e" this week and this is a wonderful way to reinforce the idea. They were having some problems grasping the sneaky e but I bet the totally get sparkly e!

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  11. I love your magic E. Fab.u.lous! :o)

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  12. Love the Sparkly E- will have to make these for after Christmas break. And have to check out "E-mergency". Thabks!

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  13. been looking for magic e. Thanks for sharing-love the song.

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  14. We start long vowels in January, so this is perfect timing! Thanks for sharing.

    Teachin' First

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  15. I love this take on the CVCe! We have always done "bossy e", but I think that sparkly e will be a really fun way for the kids to learn it!

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  16. so cute!!!

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  17. I love the song. We just started talking about e today! Perfect timing.

    Liz
    http://crazyforkindergarten68.blogspot.com/

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  18. Cute! We do "magic e". Check out my magic e *freebie* word reading game! My kiddos adore it!

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  19. I love this... my daughter is in K and I am always looking for ideas. Her teacher calls it the "mama E" and the mama says to the vowels: "say your name!"

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  23. This is a super cute idea! I think my firsties and I will definitely be trying as we learn about each long vowel! Thank you so much for sharing!
    ~ Katie
    http://www.firstgradeabcs.blogspot.com

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  24. I love the song and sparkly e. We're ready to start long vowels and this will be great to put some magic into January.

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  25. So glad this showed up on the bottom as a "you might also like!" This post was before I was introduced to your magical world! (I call it that because I love it here so much - it's a happy place that makes me remember why I love teaching and restarts my creativity that education hasn't thrown a cold wet blanket on!). I LOVE THIS! I am going to make a sparkly e wand this weekend, make a poster for the song and you can bet we will be making sparkly e's on Wednesday in class!!!! Love it!

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