Lesson Plan - Get It!
Why is the "Magic e" so magical? It's just a llittle letter, right?
Read this word: hop
- What vowel sound do you hear in the middle of the word, "hop"?
Now add an "e" to the end of the word: hope
- What vowel sound do you hear in the middle of "hope"?
When you add an "e" to the end of a syllable, like you did with the word, "hope," the vowel sound changes from a short vowel sound to a long vowel sound. The letter, "e," is the busiest letter in the alphabet. "E" is often used to help in a word, but it acts as a silent letter in the word or syllable with a vowel-consonant-e.
Read the following words with a short vowel. Then add the silent "e" to make the vowel change to a long vowel sound:
- cap / cape
- cut / cute
- kit / kite
- rid /r ide
- fin / fine
The vowel pattern u-consonant-e makes two sounds. It can make a /u/ sound saying the letter name, and it can make an /oo/ sound. Read the following words to decide which vowel sound you hear:
"Flute," "rule," and "Luke" have the /oo/ sound in the middle of the word.
"Mule" and "fuse" have the long /u/ sound.
Write down three words that use the magic e from the following video, James Iglehart - "Silent 'e'" Music Video (The Electric Company):
Share your findings with your parent or teacher.
The letter, "s," can make a /z/ sound when it used between a vowel-consonant-e. Read the following words aloud:
Notice that in all the above words, the "s" makes a /z/ sound.
Tell your parent or teacher another word that follows this pattern.
The vowel-consonant-e syllable can also be combined with other syllable types to create a multisyllabic word. Read the following examples:
Think of five words that have a vowel-consonant-e pattern that is not listed above. Write the words on a piece of paper, then share them with your parent or teacher.
When you have completed this activity, move to the Got It? section to practice reading words with the magic e in some online games.