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Alphabet Letter E Elephant Theme
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E is for Elephant

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Elephant Paper Bag Puppet

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Here are printable materials and some suggestions to present letter E (short sound).  The presentation ideally should be part of elephant theme activities which includes animal facts, and various other printable activities.

Alphabet Activity > Letter E is for Elephant

Present and display your option of alphabet printable materials listed in the materials column.

*Review fun facts about elephants:
Include a short review about fun facts about elephants using the flash cards and you may want to later include an activity to assemble a mini-book with the coloring version.  Other activities can be found in the elephant section (online puzzles and suggested literature).

The activity can be enhanced by using the matching elephant paper bag puppet as a learning helper and "assistant."

* Finger and Handwriting Tracing
  *Trace letter E's in upper and lower case with your index finger as you also sound out the letter.  Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page or tracer.  Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil  and explain the direction of the arrows and point to the numbers with arrows that help them trace the letter correctly.   During the demonstration, you may want to count out loud as you trace so children become aware of how the number order aids them in the writing process. 

*Find the letter E's:  Have the children find all the letter E's in upper and lower case on the coloring page or extended tracer and encourage them to circle or trace/shade them first.  Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter E's and then discuss the locations with the poster.

Coloring and/or Craft Activity:  Encourage the children to color the elephant image with a variety of materials.  

Letter E wordsLetter E Activity Worksheet Program This activity worksheet can be used as part of Letter E program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related E words. 
Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.

Focus on the short E sound:
First 'brainstorm' and ask the children about other words that have that beginning sound and write them on a board (dry erase board) as the children come up with examples.  You can print letter 'e' in a different bright color to make it stand out.  If you have illustrated alphabet books you can also use images in them. You can also display  letter posters and coloring pages or even make a letter E classroom book.  For related images visit:  Letter E Printable Materials.

Letter E Word Search & Handwriting Practice
The four word search game features an elephant and letter E words with pictures and handwriting practice.

For advanced independent handwriting practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper and encourage children to draw an elephant behind the page or print an elephant coloring page
.

2.  Drawing and writing paper  Encourage children to draw and color an eel and write letter E e.  Share some images of a real elephant to inspire the children.



Online Jigsaw Puzzle

Alphabet Letter E Elephant
Alphabet Letter E Elephant Poster and Manuscript Handwriting Guidelines

Color poster
D'Nealian
Standard

Alphabet E Elephant Coloring Page and Manuscript Handwriting Guidelines
Coloring page
D'Nealian
Standard

Alphabet Letter E Elephant Tracer
Handwriting Worksheet
D'Nealian
Standard

Alphabet Letter E Elphant Activity Worksheet
Letter E Worksheet and Mini-Book
Available in D'Nealian and Standard font


Word Search & Handwriting

Additional Support Materials:

E Elephant Flash Cards or Mini Book
*color version
*coloring version


Printable lined-paper
K & 1st grade
or


Drawing & writing

Elephants coloring pages

Oak Leaves and Acorn Turkey Printable Craft
Matching elephant paper bag puppet

Materials:
*coloring and writing materials

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