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Silent E Syllable Search

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.
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Students will be able to identify the VC-silent E syllable pattern.

(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.
(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.
(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!
(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.
(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.
(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.

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