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:

Kelli :) said...

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

Mrs. B said...

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

Jena Snowden said...

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

Barbara said...

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

Erika said...

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

Jen R. (The Teachers' Cauldron) said...

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

Lynola said...

I love it! Thank you!

Team Carroll said...

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

Fredia said...

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

Camille said...

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

Annie said...

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!

Keys4Education said...

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

Jan said...

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

tab said...

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

Kristy said...

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

Teachin' First

Miss Griffin said...

Cute cute song!

Morgan

Mrs. Cox said...

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!

Danielle said...

so cute!!!

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Liz Mccaw said...

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

Liz
http://crazyforkindergarten68.blogspot.com/

Heather's Heart said...

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

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

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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Katie said...

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

Holly Grove said...

Luv the song ;-)

Elizabeth Pruyn said...

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.

michele said...

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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