Silent e words are tricky to read and spell. Try this free printable to help your child master them!
Are you ready to teach your students how to make and read silent e words?
Or maybe you’ve already taught it, and it isn’t sticking. It can be a tough concept to grasp – even for older readers and writers. I remember a talented and artistic student who struggled with reading. Even by third grade, she could never remember when to use that tricky e.
If I could go back in time to my first year of teaching, I’d print a word sort for my struggling reader. These are a great hands-on way for kids to distinguish between phonics patterns. In this sort, your child will read through the words and sort by vowel sound. As she sorts, she’ll notice that the short a words do not have an e, while the long vowel words do. You can get this sort for free in This Reading Mama’s long a pack.
After my struggling reader recognized when to use silent e, I’d print some of my word builder cards for her. You’ll notice that the space at the end has a picture of the short vowel word to help your reader make sure she’s on the right track.
By printing the word endings and attaching craft sticks, your child has two “magic wands” that can change those short vowel words into something new. The “ke” wand is for words that end with “ck.”
If storage is an issue for you, you can simply print the cards and punch holes in the pages. Store them in a 3-ring binder.
Your child can simply move the wand down the page, switching to the “ke” wand as needed.
I attempted this printable with my Four, who will be starting kindergarten in the fall. Even though he’s doing well with short vowel words, these were frustrating for him. It told me that he needs more review with my short vowel printables before he’s ready to tackle these.
Here are some short vowel printables we’ll be using:
- Word family houses
- Read ‘n stick mats
- Short vowel phonics books
- Word slider cards
- Milk cap spelling mats
When my son is ready, we’ll come back to these. We’ll be sure to use them alongside my silent e phonics books!
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