As any teacher knows, classroom posters aren’t just decor, they’re teaching elements. Posters and a word wall are excellent tools for teaching long E and other vowel sounds. You can help your students practice and remember long E spellings by having them readily visible in the classroom.
Here are 3 ways to support students in learning the long E spellings using posters in your classroom.
Display long E word posters
Word posters combine words and images. The images help students recognize words as they are learning them.
- You can use long E word posters to introduce different long E spellings, one at a time. For example, post all the posters with words that use ea for the long sound on the board. Give students practice reading and writing those words. Move those posters to another display area. Then another day, use the ee words on the board. As you add spellings, continue moving the words you’ve taught to the display area until the posters of all the long E spellings are together.
- Decorate your literacy station with long E word posters. Having long E word posters available in your literacy center helps students with a variety of reading and writing activities as they get used to the long E spellings.
Create a long E word wall
Word walls are a great way to provide an ongoing model of words students are learning, including long E words. Set up your word wall in a place that is highly visible to students as they will use it as they work on various activities.
For your word wall, you’ll want posters that are smaller in size to maximize wall space, but big and bold enough for students to read easily. Using colored and black letters can help students identify key spellings (for example, using a color other than black for the e, ee, ea, ey, or y) in long E words and it helps students focus in on the particular spelling of a long E in your words.
When you introduce new words, add them to your word wall. Reference the word wall regularly to get students used to using it when practicing and doing writing activities.
Show long E sorted by spelling
Long vowel sounds can be challenging for students who need to understand and remember a variety of spellings for each sound. Help students with long E sounds (or any other long vowel sound) by using a sorted word poster. This helps students notice and remember the variety of spellings of a particular sound. Seeing the words sorted helps them see sound patterns.
Using a poster sorted by spelling can be a great way to introduce the variety of spellings used for the long E sound. Alternately, save this poster until you have taught all the sounds. Have students sort the words themselves based on the long E spelling, then add the poster to your classroom so they can refer back to it.
Word posters, word wall words, and sorted by sound posters are helpful for all long vowel sounds. And, when paired with engaging and meaningful activities, help students develop word sense, reading skills, and spelling skills.
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