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Are you teaching about Magic E? Here's a Resource for You!

Magic E (sometimes referred at as "Silent e") is one of the phonics skills we begin teaching students as early as Kindergarten. Yet, it is often within instructional phonics sequences for students in first and second grades as well. Some students grasp the concept easily, but applying the "long vowel" sound in these words can be challenging for other students to apply fluently in their reading. Like many, many skills, it requires explicit practice, and hands-on activities are ideal for our young learners.

One of my favorite tools to use for practice with Magic E is the fold-and-read flap book! These easy-to-use books are ideal for building reading fluency with Magic E words.

The preparation is a breeze: Simply print each word and fold along the dotted line to create a “flap” that hides the “e.”

Use them with individual students, small groups, or even as a whole-class activity. The student reads the basic CVC word first. Then, he/she opens the flap and rereads the word, altering the vowel sound as needed for the Magic E. It is so simple, but effective for helping students practice the transition from short to long vowel sounds.

This product includes not only basic CVC words with Magic E, but also words with beginning blends and Magic E as well as words with a "soft G" sound combined with Magic E. My organization method is simple; I keep them paper-clipped together with post-it note labels.

Additionally, the product includes blank templates for you (or your students) to create your own Magic E fold-and-read flap books if necessary. These books would be suitable for beginner readers who have just been introduced to Magic E, as well as more advanced readers who may require additional practice to build proficiency with this particular skill.

I am so glad other teachers have found this resource to be useful in their classrooms as well! You can access it here : Magic E Fold-and-Read Flap Books


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