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.
Please note that many online games require Flash and may not work well on some tablets and smartphones. It can be helpful to download the Mozilla Firefox browser.
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.