Looking for a-e worksheets to help your beginning reader or speller? Try these!
Do you have a child or student who can’t seem to get the difference between short a and a-e words? Does he read snake as snack? Or plane as plan? Maybe it’s a guessing game – sometimes he gets it right, and other times he doesn’t.
The key to mastering the silent e (sometimes called “magic e”) words is a lot of hands-on learning. So… please don’t start with these worksheets! I used them as an assessment tool after spending over a week doing a variety of activities with my kindergartner to help him master a-e words.
We started with this free fold and read activity.
We played some follow the path reading games.
We read some of my free phonics readers.
We played his favorite, Four in a Row.
After all this hands-on learning, I pulled out a pack of worksheets. My goal with these was to test his ability to differentiate between short a and a-e words and to give him some fine motor and handwriting practice. The goal was not to teach the skill.
Remember! Worksheets assess. They do not teach.
Okay, I’m off my soapbox now. On to the pack!
We started with this one. He read each word on the right and found the matching picture. Easy peasy!
This one was a little more challenging. He had to find the correct spelling. But he did quite well with this one, too.
For this worksheet he had to choose a word from the word bank to complete each sentence. I showed him how he needed to read all the way through a sentence, even if it had a blank line in the middle, before choosing the word to fit in the blank.
With some help from me, he did great.
This one was surprisingly difficult. He had to sort the pictures by whether they have a short a or long a sound. Because he struggled so much, I added picture clues to the top of each column before including it in your free download.
This was a fun one he could do entirely on his own. Glue the picture next to the word.
You’ve seen five of the ten free worksheets in the pack. Remember to choose just the ones that best meet your child’s or students’ needs. And please do some hands-on learning first. 🙂