Teaching the Magic e
I loved teaching my students about the silent e or magic e. I liked the term magic e because it made teaching (and learning) about it more fun. Here are a few of my favorite activities.
But before we begin, a reminder…
When the silent e or magic e appears at the end of a word such as in the word “cane,” the vowel that precedes the magic e (in this case a) changes from a short vowel sound to a long vowel sound. One way to explain this to children is: “When you add the magic e to a word, it makes the vowel that comes before say its own name.”
Magic e Wand
- popsicle stick
Create the Magic e Wand: Print the template (one per child). Have each child use glue and glitter to decorate their wands. When they are dry, cut out the star and glue it to a popsicle stick. See below:
Using the Wand: Print the word template below. Cut them out. Choose a card and have a student read it. Then put the Magic e wand at the end of the word and have the student read the new created word. Repeat with the other words. This can be done as a whole group, partner or individual activity.
Magic e Word Flaps
Preparing the Magic e Word Flaps: Print the templates and cut them apart horizontally. Fold each strip along the line between the e and the word.
Using the Magic e Flaps: Show students the flaps folded and have them read the word. Then unfold the card, and have them read the word again.
Magic e Silly Sentences
- markers, crayons or colored pencils
- list of words with magic e
Preparing the Magic e Silly Sentence Book: Print out the template for each child or each set of partners.
Making the Book: Provide the students with a set of word cards (above) and their magic e wands. Allow them to practice making magic e words then choose 4 sets of words to use in their book. Have them use the the words to write 4 silly sentences. See the sample book below.
Putting the Book Together: After students have written their sentences and illustrated their work, cut the pages apart and put the book together.
Real and Nonsense Magic e Words
- templates (word cards and record sheet)
- word cards
- Magic e wands
Preparing the Game: Cut a set of word cards for each student or pair. Give each child or partnership a set of the cards and a record sheet.
To Play: Have them place the cards words down. Students choose a card and read it as is. Then add the magic e with the wand and read the word again. If the word is the real word, they students should record it on the “real word” column or if it is a nonsense word, it should be recorded in the “nonsense word” column.
These activities are available at the following link:
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