Sound of the Week Lesson for /ee/
written and compiled by
Katrina Lybbert

Language Arts

The sound this week is the vowel combination /ee/ as in seed.
Emphasize the /ee/ sound often throughout the day.  Have your child repeat the sound with you.

Put up your sound wall poster.

The main theme for the week is:  Trees

Books to read aloud that support the theme:

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
Acorn to Oak Tree by Barbara Reid
Be a Friend to Trees by Patricia Lauber
Outside and Inside Trees by Sandra Markle
Have You Seen Trees? by Joanne Oppenheim
Sky Tree by Thomas Locker
The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni
The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids by Gail Gibbons
Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems by Kristine O'Connell George

Poems that support the theme:

"The Tree" by Delmar Pepper  (Search by the title or author at
"Trees" by Joyce Kilmer

Songs that support the theme:

"The Green Grass Grew All Around"
"If There Were No Trees"

Handwriting Assignments:

Day 1:  Practice writing the letter "e" on one line of handwriting paper.

Day 2:  Practice writing the letter "e" on one line of handwriting paper.

Day 3:  Practice writing the vowel combination "ee" on one line of handwriting paper.

Day 4:  Practice writing the word "tree" one or two times.

Day 5:  Practice writing any of the other theme words one or two times.

Activities and/or Art Projects

Start a Sound of the Week TREE.  On a very large sheet of paper glue on a tree trunk with branches made from brown construction paper.  Then start making green leaves to stick on the tree.  Each of these leaves will have one of the sounds your child has learned.  So this week you would add leaves for /ck/ and /ee/.  As you learn a new sound add a leaf to your tree!

Go on a nature walk and look at all the different trees in your neighborhood.  If it is autumn, collect some leaves to bring back home.  Or maybe you could plant a new tree in your yard.

Other Theme Words and Ideas

Other theme words - reef, seed, weed, knee, green, sleep, deep, keep, peek-a-boo, sweep, queen, feed, beep, geese, jeep, feet, see, bee, teeth, see-saw, needle, reed, heel, seek, meek, need, deed, and so on...

Books to read aloud that support the other theme words or the vowel combination /ee/:

How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
Coral Reefs by Susan H. Gray
Coral Reefs by Sylvia A. Earle
I Wish that I had Duck Feet by Theo. LeSieg
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw

Poems that support the other theme words or the vowel combination /ee/:

"Bees" a Rebus Rhyme
"To a Bee" by Maud Keary (from Enchanted Tulips and Other Verses for Children)

Songs that support the other theme words or the vowel combination /ee/:

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
"It's Not That Easy Being Green"
"Deep in the Heart of Texas"
"Chim Chim Cher-ee"
"Song of the Bee"

More Related Sounds to Explore (Optional)

The following sounds also make the same sound as the vowel combination /ee/.  You can spend time now exploring these sounds if you wish.  Follow the outline above to create a lesson plan of your own for one or more of the following words.

/ea/ as in meat, leaf, easy, flea, dream

/y/ as in candy, happy, hobby, country, family

/ie/ as in field, thief, chief, yield, believe, movie, prairie, collie, lassie, calorie

/ey/ as in money, honey, donkey, hockey, pulley


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