Our Sneaky Little Friend – “silent e”

In the elementary years of school students spend time learning about “silent e” words. They’re the words in which the “silent e” transforms or changes the vowel sound in the middle. When “silent e” is placed at the end of a word, it changes the vowel to its “long” vowel sound or makes the vowel say its name. Some examples of “silent e” at work; “can” changes to “cane” or “van” into “vane”.

Here is a classic video clip about “silent e” from the popular kid’s PBS show “The Electric Company”.

There are lots of resources available online to teach and practice spelling/writing conventions for young students. Star Fall is a fantastic site for beginning readers. Here is a fun way to learn more about “silent e” from Star Fall’s Learn To Read site.

Enjoy and have fun spelling words with our old friend “silent e“!

Advertisements

2 Responses to Our Sneaky Little Friend – “silent e”

  1. Just visiting your blog for the first time and saw this. I’m so glad you posted it, it’s perfect for our students, too. I’m sharing it with teachers today!

    Love you blog, just visiting for the first time today.

  2. Keith says:

    FANTASTIC blast from the past (except now I’ve got that song stuck in my head)…
    Great post – thanks for sharing, and hi from Singapore.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: