This “Needle in a haystack” packet is a great way to review words with a long E vowel sound, which have the double ee or ea letters in the middle of the word.
The packet includes the Needle in a Haystack whole group file folder game, with 130 double ee “needle” word cards for you to choose from, plus an alphabetical list of the words. The cards are small, with 22 on a page for easy printing.
I’ve also included the Sheaves of Wheat file folder whole group file folder game, which is played the same way as the Needle in a Haystack one, only with 107 ea “wheat” word cards, plus an alphabetical list of those words.
Play the games, then have students choose 3-6 word cards to include in sentences that they write for a fun Daily 5 activity. Children can also alphabetize 10 cards, and look up any words that are new to them.
Besides the two games, there’s a 4-page tip list of other things you can do with the cards. There’s also a background
page about the idiom “needle in a haystack” as well as a definition page for the word sheaf. Because many of the ee & ea words are homonyms you have a teachable moment for that too. (tea-tee, flea-flee, meat-meet etc.)
Because a haystack is featured in the Little Boy Blue
nursery rhyme, I’ve also included a poster poem of the rhyme in black
and white as well as color, plus 8 pocket chart picture word cards, and a
paper “strip” booklet for students to make.
I call these “strip” booklets, because I can fit anywhere from 5-8 page “strips” on a one-page master, for easy printing. Children trace, write, color, cut & collate into a “just-the-right-size” booklet. My kiddos loved making these mini emergent readers that they could take home and share with their families.