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Lesson Plan #: AELP-PHN0202
Submitted by: Grace W. Bryant
Email: gl_bryant@hotmail.com
School/University/Affiliation: Saint Patrick American School, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America

May 11, 2001

Grade Level: 2, 3


  • Language Arts/Phonics
  • Foreign Language/English Second Language

Duration: 1 hour

Description: In this lesson, the sounds of ea are dramatized in a PowerPoint presentation. Students will learn that ea can sound like a long e, a short e, a long a, and more.


  • Students will understand that the ea pattern has several sounds in English.
  • Students will develop confidence in differentiating the varied ea sounds.
  • Objectives: At the end of the lesson, students will be able to match pairs of words containing the same vowel sound. Materials:

    • a computer with Microsoft PowerPoint installed
    • a large monitor or television with S video connection (or a computer projector can be used)
    • The Sounds of EA – PowerPoint Presentation
      Clicking on the link above will open the PowerPoint Presentation in a new window for previewing.
    • Download The Sounds of EA PowerPoint Presentation
      Clicking on the link above will download the PowerPoint Presentation to your computer.

    Begin by asking students, Can you think of words that contain ‘ea’? Record students’ responses on the board. Does the ‘ea’ in all of these words have the same sound? How many sounds do you think ‘ea’ makes in English? Today you will find out how many different sounds ‘ea’ can make.

    Introduce the PowerPoint presentation and the ea characters. ( Author’s Note: I often have a child assist in clicking through the presentation; this is especially helpful with an active group of children. If a large screen or a projector is available, then students can view the presentation from their seats. Otherwise, students can sit on the floor in front of the computer — or bring their chairs up to the computer.)

    Throughout the presentation, students will learn about the many different sounds ea can make. Graphics are used to illustrate the meanings of the vocabulary words. At times, students will view a selection of words and will be asked, Which word doesn’t belong? At the end of the lesson where “E” and “A” tease the children, the students can count how many sounds E and A made.

    The conclusion of the presentation contains a 25-word evaluation. Students can practice matching words that contain the same ea sound. As an extension, teachers may want to create a word wall with ea words, and students can add words to the wall as they find them. Assessment: Formally or informally, students will match words containing the same ea sound using the evaluation section of the PowerPoint presentation. Teachers should note any sounds that students are having difficulty with and then review those sounds using the PowerPoint presentation.

    Special Comments: I have found that this approach is very successful with ESL students. I have been using it for two years in Costa Rica and have been very pleased with the results. This is a wonderful tool when materials and books are not available for groups or classes. It is my hope that someday teachers will exchange their best lessons using PowerPoint.