Help your students SEE how the silent e changes words.
Collect CVC words that can change into new words with the addition of the silent e on the end.
An example of this would be: can.......becomes cane, pin......becomes pine, hat....becomes hate.
To teach CVCe using familiar CVC words I use the "magic e wand".
Simply create a wand, or purchase one at the dollar store in the toy section.
Place a lowercase "e" on the wand.
Write the CVC word on the board or chart paper. Read the word (ex. man) enunciating the short a sound.
Show students how you can wave your magic "e" wand at the end of the word and transform
the word man into mane. Read the new word (mane) enunciating the long a sound. Presto Chango! You are a magician with your magic e wand. Next thing you know you will be pulling a rabbit out of your hat.
Here is a list of contrasting short and long vowel words to use in this activity:
a- grad- grade mad-made pal-pale tam-tame can-cane man-mane pan-pane plan-plane
van-vane van-vane cap-cape scrap-scrape tap-tape fat-fate hat-hate mat-mate
i- hid-hide rid-ride slid-slide dim-dime slim-slime fin-fine pin-pine shin-shine
spin-spine twin-twine grip-gripe rip-ripe strip-stripe bit-bite kit-kite
o- glob-globe rob-robe cod-code rod-rode hop-hope slop-slope not-note
u- cub-cube us-use cut-cute tub-tube plum-plume