Silent e

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)

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WATCH videos and PLAY online games at a Silent e tutorial at Wakelet. Some online games require flash, which is no longer supported after 12/31/2020. Learn more at The End of Flash.

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WATCH more videos from Kids vs Phonics: A_E (2:11), EE (1:27), E_E (1:24) I_E (1:42), IE (1:47), O_E (2:17), U_E (1:56), UE (1:50)and at the Silent e playlist at PhonicsPow Youtube channel

LISTEN and play at Quizlet

More Silent e Resources:

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

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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.

Some words have both a silent e vowel and a consonant digraph. Learn more at Chase the Sheep.

In some words, Defender D can stop silent e from making the vowel long. (like in a “badge” and “bridge”) You will see the letter g before e will often soft /j/ be in these words. WATCH -dge strategy from Sue’s Strategies. The letter c makes the soft /s/ sound in the word families -ace and -ice. This is a good time to introduce hard or soft c and g. The letter s makes the sound of /s/ in some words with Silent e: base, case, vase, vise, and dose.  In other words with Silent e, the letter s makes the sound of /z/: phase, phrase, hose, nose, pose, rose, chose, those, cheese, these, rise, wise, use, and fuse. Learn more about the sounds of s.

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 that make the short sound are: have, give, and gone.

There are more ways that vowels can be long: Open & Closed Syllables, Vowel Teams, and i and o can be long

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