Teacher Mama: Teaching the Magic e

Teaching the Magic e

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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

Materials:

  • templates
  • glue
  • popsicle stick
  • glitter
  • scissors
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:
Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Teaching the Magic e
Boy Mama Teacher Mama Teaching the Magic e
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.
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Magic e Word Flaps

Materials:

  • templates
  • scissors
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.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Teaching the Magic e

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.

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Magic e Silly Sentences

Materials:

  • templates
  • pencil
  • markers, crayons or colored pencils
  • list of words with magic e
  • scissors
  • stapler
Preparing the Magic e Silly Sentence Book: Print out the template for each child or each set of partners.
Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Teaching the Magic e
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.
Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Teaching the Magic e
Putting the Book Together:  After students have written their sentences and illustrated their work, cut the pages apart and put the book together.
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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: 

Magic e Templates from Boy Mama Teacher Mama

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9 thoughts on “Teacher Mama: Teaching the Magic e

  1. Pingback: Teacher Mama: Magic e Game - Boy Mama Teacher Mama

  2. Steph, where do you find the time to create this stuff? Honestly, every week you have a new amazing post to help my girls learn plus awesome resources to go along with it. You rock!

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