Want to help your beginning reader learn how to read a-e words? Try this simple activity!
I’ve got some printable a-e games in the works, but I wanted to start with something simpler.
So I came up with these. I call them “fold and read” cards. When you cut out the strips, you can fold in from the right side to change a short a word to an a-e one.
But first, I had him read through all the short a words.
As I suspected, he stumbled on quite a few. “Shack” was “shake.” (Even though he’d get this right if he was reading it in a book.)
“Grad” was “gab,” then “gad,” and finally “grad.” It’s hard for him to slow down sometimes!
When we’d gotten through the stack of sixteen words, I showed him that the letter “e” can change these words like magic. “See here? We have the word can. It has the short a sound. /a/.”
“But look! We can fold in the end and add that magic ‘e.’ Now the sound of the letter a changes into its name. What word do we have now?”
Fat to fate.
“This is a special one. When a word ends with ck, we’re going to take away the c when we add the magic e.“
“What word do you have now?”
As you might recall, my Five is my reluctant learner. He doesn’t like being interrupted from his Legos or other projects to do learning activities with me. But he was eager to do this one.
When we finished I said, “We’ll have to try this again sometime,” and he actually said, “Yeah, that was fun.” (!!)
When I suggested he read them to Daddy a few hours later, he was happy to do it. And I’m pleased to report that he did much better on those short a words. He only stumbled a couple of times when adding silent e.
This one was a winner!
We’ll have more a-e activities coming soon. After that, keep an eye out for i-e, o-e, and u-e printables as well.
To prepare the activity:
- Print pages 2-9 front to back on regular paper.
- Cut apart on the solid black lines.
- Fold and read!
More fold-and-read printables:
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Thank you for being so generous with your free materials. I’m helping some neighborhood first graders with phonic skills. I love your silent e folding cards. I would like to make a few cards with the e_e pattern (here, Pete, theme). Do you have a blank template where I can make these?
This is Kate, Anna’s assistant. For copyright reasons, Anna does not share her templates. Enjoy working with your first graders!
I could download any of the ‘books’, constantly took me to another page.
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My 1st grader is struggling with a_e, -ay, and-ai spelling. Any suggestions?
I like to use word sorts. Check out this post: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/spelling-long-a-words-complete-5-day-lesson-plan-printables/
Thanks for the printables. Will be very useful
You’re welcome, Nilu!
Thanks it’s well explained and am sure it will yield a positive result.
Thank you so much for the free resources! I work in a bilingual school in Colombia and this is my first year. I’ve been making a lot of my own materials which takes tons of time, but these are exactly what I need for the next few weeks. You saved me and I really appreciate the work that you put into these resources!
Thank you so much for introducing yourself, Jess! Thank you for the kind words!
Charlotte T Grace
Thank you for all the resources. Such great ideas and presented in fun ways!!
You’re very welcome, Charlotte!
I am like a kid in a candy store when I am on your site! You truly do such an incredible job and offer the best resources. Thank you so kindly.
You’re very welcome, Tracee! Thank you so much for the kind words!
I just wanted to say thank you for all of the free resources that you make. I use so many of them in my classroom. My district has very few resources for teaching phonics and early reading skills. These are so helpful and save me money. I have told many of my teacher friends about your great resources. I also, appreciate your helpful hints on how you teach these skills. Even though I’ve been teaching 33 years, I’m always looking for something new.
Thank you for your comment, Marlynn! I am SO happy to hear that my resources are useful for you – and extra happy to hear that they save you some money. I hope you keep finding useful resources here!
Thank you for your willingness to share your wonderful resources. The silent e fold and read pages were wonderful for my kindergarten students.
I’m really glad to hear that your students could use the fold and read pages, Linda!
I just printed off the fold over vowels today and I had a question. Do you do just one vowel till they learn it or do you do them all at once. I home school my learning disabled granddaughter and I think this will be very helpful but I want to do it the right way. Any suggestions?
Hi, Patricia! Sorry for the delay in answering your question. There’s no right answer to your question – it just depends on the student. I would start with one vowel and work on until she masters it – but if it’s easy for her, feel free to do others as well. After she has mastered each individual vowel you’ll definitely want to do mixed practice with them.
Thank you a lot for your wonderful help!
You’re welcome, Inga!
I really appreciate the great ideas and resources. Thank you.
You’re very welcome, Karen!