Those vowels can be so tricky for our young readers. After learning the letters and sounds of the alphabet, we introduce the concept that vowels can have two sounds- a short sound and a long sound where the vowel says its name. One of the first phonics rules that we teach is the “magic e” rule. This rule states that when an “e” is close behind another vowel (with no more than one letter in between) the first vowel says its name and the “e” is usually silent.
The best way to introduce this concept is by using word sorts – especially using words which emphasize the rule. For example, the words “cap” and “cape”, “can” and “cane” serve as perfect examples as to when the magic e at the end of word changes the vowel sound.
These file folder activities are ideal for teaching the magic e rule. Simply print the templates on office paper and adhere to a file folder. Once laminated, the activity will last for years! When you download the Magic e- a/a_e activity you’ll receive 51 picture-word cards and 21 word cards!
When you download the Magic e- i/i_e activity you will 44 picture/word cards and 18 word cards for sorting.
These file folder activities can be purchased separately or as a bundle.