- Second Grade
- 55 minutes
- Standards: RF.2.3.b
Crack the “VC-silent E” code to track down sneaky E syllables with this fun cut and paste game for second graders. Your students will be able to identify common words after identifying this pattern.
Students will be able to identify the VC-silent E syllable pattern.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Tell your students that sneaky E syllables are here, and since they are silent, your students need to use a code to find them.
- Invite your students to volunteer as silent E syllable detectives.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Write VCE on the board and explain that V stands for vowel, C stands for consonant, and E stands for the silent E.
- Explain the VCE rule: A silent E syllable ends in an E, has one consonant before the E, and one vowel before the consonant. The pattern is VCE.
- Write an example on the board using the words bubble and cape. Underline the “ape” in cape and "ble" in bubble.
- Point to the letters "ape" in the word cape, and invite your students to say: Silent E syllable, I caught you!
- Invite one detective to tell the rest of the class how to figure out the silent E syllable.
- Reiterate that even though both words end in E, only one follows the VCE rule.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Announce a silent E syllable search of the classroom.
- Play “I Spy” using clues for the following words: table, tape, staple, rule, name, page. For example: I spy something in the classroom that begins with a T and ends in an E, and there are computers on it (table).
- Use precut pocket chart letters to spell out each word as it is guessed by the students.
- Ask if there are any detectives ready to “catch” silent E syllables.
- Direct volunteers to point to any silent E syllables in the pocket charts and say: Silent E syllable, I caught you!
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Read directions for the Silent-E Syllables worksheet.
- Rotate around the room, and check for understanding.
- Enrichment: Challenge students to find more silent E syllables in the room or their desks.
- Support: Allow students who need extra help to highlight the silent E syllables on the worksheet instead of doing the cut and paste column activity.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Gather your students and draw a T-chart on the board.
- On one side of the chart, write YES, and on the other side, write NO.
- Direct your students to say yes or no as you read each word off of the Silent-E Syllables worksheet in answer to the question: Does this word have a silent E syllable?
- Write the words in the YES or NO columns as indicated by your students' responses.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Direct students to read the YES words from the T-chart.
- If there are errors, correct them, and review the VCE pattern again.
- Ask student detectives to share one silent E syllable “caught” today.