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The Jobs of Quiet e

When you hear somebody say silent e words, do you immediately think of words where the silent e makes the very first vowel say it’s name? I did not understand there were so lots of jobs of the quiet e when I began teaching. That secret I can not resolve, but I can shed a little light on the other jobs of silent e.

Before Prior to get into the many jobs of the silent quiet, I want desire talk about how I introduce present concept idea the silent quiet, focusing on the silent e’s most common typical: Making the first vowel make it’s long sound Noiseor say it’s name).

Presenting Quiet e Words

I used to present this principle by beginning with a CVC word and then including the silent e. After learning more about the orthographic mapping theory, I now purchase into the idea that we must begin with the familiar pronunciation initially, then break it down and demonstrate how the letters compare. For the quiet e, this is in fact super useful for constructing conceptual understanding.

This is the treatment I use for presenting quiet e words:

  1. State a familiar word and have them simplify the very same way they have actually been taught with other words .
    • For example, you might wish to start with the familiar word, like.
  2. Trainees will count three sounds, so you will draw three sound boxes.
  3. After filling out each box, you can then go back and point out that the vowel is making its long sound (or stating its name).
  4. Inform them that there are different methods to make a vowel say its name, but one typical way is with the silent (or magic or incredibly) e.
  5. Program students how the e goes outside the box because it does not make a sound. Instead it has a job to do.
  6. Repeat with other words. (Another example below).
using orthographic mapping to teach silent e words

Here we are linking the sounds to the symbol (letter).

use orthographic mapping to teach silent e words

After that, I move from encoding (spelling) to decoding (reading) silent e words. I want my students to get utilized to seeing that VCe pattern since that is when the vowel will say its name.

Reading (Decoding) Quiet e Words.

Decoding words with silent e

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Below is another way to teach quiet e words

When they are very first finding out to check out silent e words is forgetting to use the long vowel sound for the first vowel, a typical issue for students. The activity shown below is a concept that has actually assisted some of my trainees in the past.

Mapping Silent e Word Components.

Much like I map word parts for CVC words, I wish to spend a long time mapping word parts with the silent e. Below are some methods that I did that. (. Check out an article more in depth. about orthographic mapping.).

Mapping word parts for silent e words

Other Ways to Practice Silent e Words.

Other activities for teaching silent e Word sorts

Now that you’ve seen how I present the silent e, let’s enter into the numerous other tasks that silent e has.

The Jobs of the Quiet e.

Quiet e Job # 1.: Silent e makes the vowel before it say its name.

This one is the classic job that we all understand and enjoy that I spoke about above. Then usually the magic/super e will make the vowel say its long noise when you see the pattern VCe (Vowel-Consonant-e).

Silent e Job # 2.: E makes C says /s/ and G say /j/

This rule explained a lot for me! The slide listed below explains how I present this idea and reveals some terrific word and picture sorts. For that very first sort with/ s/ and/ k/, I would likewise bring in some ck words so students can see -ce, -ke, and -ck together. They will find out that when there is a silent e, you never use c for the/ k/ sound since -ce says/ s/. (Click here for -ck resources.).

This is likewise a good time to teach -dge vs. -ge. Students will find out that English words do not end in J, so when we hear/ j/ at the end, usage -ge. If a brief vowel comes prior to/ j/, usage -dge.

silent e makes the letter c say s and the letter g say j

Silent e Job # 3English Words Need To Not End in the Letter V.

Another job of silent e is to make certain words do not end in the letter v. That solves the mystery of the high frequency words have.and give. They are not rule breakers at all! They are rule followers in fact!

job of the silent e

Side note: In fact this rule applies to z, i, and u also. Words are not expected to end in these letters. That’s why snooze.,.ooze.,.sneaze.,.breeze.,.pie., and blue.I do not teach those guidelines at this time. Later when we come across the few words that end in -ze I’ll inform them the rule. (I end up simply teaching ie and ue as graphemes to discover which solves that. ).

Silent e Job # 4.: Adding e to words that end in the letter s.

This one is sort of confusing. Have you ever questioned why the word house.and horse.have an e at the end? Well, it’s due to the fact that normally when the letter -s is at the end of a word, it is a suffix. Other times, you’ll see it doubled due to the Floss Guideline (.hiss, pass, miss out on.). The e is added after words that end in -s so that the reader will understand it is not implied to be plural. Some examples are below. Exceptions are smaller sized high-frequency words like has, his, is, as.,.us. I understand there are more exceptions that I can’t think of!

Quiet e Job # 5Include e to make sure every syllable has a vowel.

Among the rules in our language is that every syllable needs to have a vowel. In the case of the syllable-type Consonant -le, the e exists so that the syllable is legitimate. It requires a vowel, so e is concerns the rescue once again. Click here for information about syllable types.

Quiet e Task # 6.: Adding e after -th gives th its voiced sound

I do not know a lot about this rule and I don’t use it frequently either. When silent e follows the grapheme th, the th makes its voiced noise (bathe, teethe, clothe vs. bath, teeth, and cloth).

Quiet e Job # 7.: Other jobs

Quiet e is likewise utilized to assist distingue the significance of two words, like bye.and by. There are unknowns like come.and are.If you know why those are there, I ‘d enjoy to hear why!

Reviewing the Jobs of Silent e.

Here are a couple of activities you can do with a small group to evaluate these jobs.

Jobs of silent e VCe

Including Morphology.

It’s necessary you also practice adding suffixes to those base words when you’re teaching the silent e! It can be difficult for a couple reasons

  • When you include the suffix -s, kids have a difficult time seeing that quiet e. They are so used to trying to find it at the end of the word and when you include the suffix -s, it’s sort of concealed. Supply practice reading words with the suffix -s, where students practice finding that VCe pattern.
  • Before adding vowel suffixes like -ed and -ing, you require to drop the e. Again, kids require to practice reading and spelling these words so they get used to recognizing words that have the long vowel.
  • Below are some recommended activities.
Adding suffixes to silent e words
Adding suffixes to silent e words

Quiet e Resources.

I just ended up a brand-new. Systematic Phonics unit all about the silent e. ! This system is generally a wrap-up of this article, but in more detail. It likewise has posters, some printable activities, and a word sort. Click on this link for this Quiet e unit.

Phonics Silent e Unit 3 P
You can discover this here.

Supplemental Resources for more practice.

Over the years I have actually produced lots of other resources due to the fact that my trainees needed them. It takes most students a little bit of practice before they master the silent e, but for my trainees with dyslexia, it can take a long time! I wished to provide a range of activities that differ with level of difficulty.

Click the slides to get to these resources.

You can get this here.
Silent e games
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You can find these here.
decodable stories silent e phonics stories
You can discover theses here.
You can find this here.

This resource is similar to the workbook pages discovered in my new Methodical Phonics System 3, but there is just a lot more! The workbook pages in the methodical unit should suffice for your average trainee. This intervention set is geared toward those students who require more practice. This set is loaded with variety of activities that you can use in little group setting, independent practice, and research.

I hope you’ve found some useful bits here! Below is a printable resource that you can grab by registering for my e-mail list.

Silent e able
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