Letter of the Week - E

I'm behind on posts...SORRY!!  I have letters e, f and g to post for you!!  Looks like I'll be busy the next few days!  Here are some of the activities we did for the letter Ee.  I hope you can find them useful in your classroom or homeschool!  There are links in the post for you to either download freebies or purchase an activity. 
 
Here's our lowercase letter e craft.  We made "e is for eagle".  I think next time I would like to add brown handprint "feathers" to give it a little something extra special. 

Our uppercase letter E this week was "E is for Elephant"  We used a pipe cleaner/chenille stem for the tusks.  We curved it and the students glued them on, so that they stick up a little for a 3-D effect.

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We do these uppercase/lowercase letter sorts weekly for each letter.  I usually do it on the first day of the week when I introduce the letter.  You can see the full pack by clicking the picture.  I also follow up this whole group activity with individual letter sorts later in the day, during our small group time, in our ABC Interactive Notebook.  You can read that post by clicking the title or here.

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One of the books we read this week was Elmer.  I love that story!  It teaches you to be who you are and that everyone is special.  We followed up by making an Elmer. 
We cut up tissue paper and laid it on top of the elephant printout.  They the kiddos sprayed water on top of the tissue paper.  We let it dry over night and then the tissue paper just falls off and leaves behind a beautiful and unique colorful design.  We then did a writing activity to go along with it.  You can get the free printables for the Elmer activity by clicking the picture.
 
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Playdough letters is another activity that I do each week with my students.  Of course they love using playdough and they think they are just playing, when in reality it is a great way to build fine motor skills and letter recognition through play!
 
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Usually on Fridays, after my kiddos have learned all about our letter for the week, we make our crowns.  Here's one of my students coloring his crown.  Each crown has three pictures that begin with that letter, in this case the letter Ee.  Then they cut it out and I staple it to a sentence strip and then fit it to each child's head.  They are so proud to wear their crowns each week!