Silent E Syllable Search
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.