Today's "morning work" focused on the long 'e' sound. Students were given clues for words containing this sound. For "denim pants," for example, students would answer, "JEANS."
Another of the clues was "containing a lot of sugar." When a student approached me for help, I happened to have a mug of coffee in my hand, and so I said to her, "If I put a whole lot of sugar in this coffee, it would be _____." She considered it for a moment, and then answered, clearly emphasizing the long 'e' sound: