A letter e at the end of a word is silent and makes the vowel long. A vowel that is long says it’s name. Two E’s are like twins and often stick together, as in tree, so the e may not always be at the end, like in seed. With the other vowels the silent e at the end is often separated by a consonant. Together or apart, Silent e often works just the same. (although sometimes ie makes a long E sound (see Vowels That Vary), and o_e can make a short U sound. (some, gloves)
WATCH videos and PLAY online games at a Silent e tutorial at Wakelet.
LISTEN and play at Quizlet
More Silent e Resources:
- Silent E contrast w/CVC from teacherstakeout
- SORT Silent e flashcards from Lanternfish ESL, Sort Mat – Silent E Handout from mes-english.com
- Silent e pictures and word building from First Grade and Fabulous
- Long Vowel Words & Pictures from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
- Short A/Long A, I, and O from thisreadingmama (color)
- More at the Silent e Pinterest Board.
READ Long A sentences (plus all long vowels) from stickyball.net and BOOKS: “Nice Mice in the Rice” by Brian P Cleary “Here Comes Silent e!” by Anna Hays
PLAY printable games: The Silent E Freebie Set includes one of each type of resource from several different sets, all about Silent e. You get the Silent e information from the Phonics Fun Folders set, a game board from the Phonics Patterns Game Board Set, a page from the Spot and Dot Phonics Patterns set, and a Soccer Sort Game. (Soccer Sort Games are sold separately at the Super Tutor Tools store at Teachers Pay Teachers). The Bee Hive Silent e game is also available at the Super Tutor Tools store.
In some words, Defender D can stop silent e from making the vowel long. (like in a “badge” and “bridge”) WATCH -dge strategy from Sue’s Strategies. The letter c makes the soft /s/ sound in the word families -ace and -ice, and the letter g makes that soft /j/ sound in Defender D words, so this is a good time to introduce hard or soft c and g.
Some love gloves: some words with the letter o that you might expect to have a long vowel sound do not. Instead, they make the sound of “uh” because of schwa. A few more silent e exception words are have and give, which make the short sound.
There are more ways that vowels can be long.