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Alphabet Letter E Elk Theme
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> Letter E > E is for Elk

Animals > Mammals > Forest | Semi-desert > Deer family: Elk

Here are printable materials and some suggestions to present letter E > short e sound.

1.  Animals > Mammals > American Elk or Wapiti
The American elk or wapiti is a large deer found in north America that has large, spreading antlers.

The European elk is a large deer found in northern Europe and Asia.  It has large antlers shaped like a palm with spread fingers.  In North America the same kind of animal is called a moose.

Visit the Deer family theme for activities and crafts related to the elk.  

2.  Alphabet Activity > Letter E is for Elk

Present and display your option of letter E printable activities in the materials column.

Children Age 3 and under
* Print
letter E coloring page
D'Nealian or Standard Block font
and an elk coloring page behind it or on a separate page if using paints to decorate later.  Discuss other letter E words found on the worksheet.

* Finger Tracing:
Trace letter E's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter.  Invite the children to do the same on their coloring page.

* Children can trace and color the letter E's.  After completing coloring the letter, encourage children to color the elk coloring page and write letter E e and the word elk on the margins.

Children Ages 3+ to 6:
Alphabet - beginning letter E (long sound)

1. Present the Letter E Activity Worksheet and Mini Book program.  Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet and mini-book.

Letter E words: 
This page and matching mini book can be used as part of Letter E program of activities to reinforce letter practice and to identify related E words.

Discuss other letter E words (long e sound) and images (refer to activity worksheet above):  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 E posters and coloring pages or make a letter E classroom book.  For related images visit:  Letter E Printable Materials

*Finger and Pencil Tracing
  *Trace letter E's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the letter.  Invite the children to do the same on your worksheet.  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 numbers (on the upper right corner) 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 page and encourage them to circle them first.  Visit each child to make sure they have identified the letter E's and then discuss the locations with the poster.

Advanced independent handwriting practice:
1. Print your choice of printable lined-paper and encourage children to draw an elk behind the page or print an elk coloring page.
2.  Drawing and writing paper  Encourage children to draw and color an elk and write letter E e.  Share some images of a real elk to inspire the children.

Letter E Word Search & Handwriting Practice
A four-word search game features the elk and letter E words with pictures and handwriting practice.

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