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Silent E Words (Free Printables) Plus Ways To Teach Silent E

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Oh, those pesky Silent E words. They’re one of the first big challenges for emergent readers. Whether you call it Silent E, Magic E, Sneaky E, or Super E, an E at the end of the word changes things in so many ways. It can affect pronunciation as well as meaning and even add another syllable to a word. Mastering words with Silent E takes time and practice, so use our free printables with your students as you try some of the activities below.

Silent E Word List

These free Silent E Words printables include common three-letter words, four-letter words, and longer words with a Silent E.

Three-Letter Silent E Words

ace, age, ale, ape, ate, bye, cue, die, doe, due, dye, eke, eve, eye, foe, ice, lie, lye, owe, pie, roe, rye, sue, toe, use, woe

Long A Four-Letter Words

babe, bade, bake, bale, bare, cage, cake, came, cane, cape, care, case, cave, dare, date, daze, face, fade, fate, fake, fame, fare, fate, faze, gale, gate, gave, gaze, hare, hate, have, haze, kale, lace, lake, lame, lane, late, made, make, male, mane, mare, mate, maze, name, nape, pace, page, pale, pane, pare, race, rage, rake, rare, rate, rave, raze, safe, sage, sale, same, sane, save, take, tale, tame, tape, vane, vase, wade, wage, wake, wane, ware, wave

Long E Four-Letter Words

cede, here, meme, mere, mete, we’re, we’ve

(Note that there just aren’t very many silent E words with a long E sound.)

Long I Four Letter Words

bike, bile, bite, dice, dime, dine, dire, dive, fife, file, fine, fire, hide, hike, hire, hive, jive, kite, lice, life, like, lime, line, live, mice, mike, mile, mine, mire, nice, nine, pile, pine, rice, ride, ripe, side, site, tide, tile, time, tine, tire, vile, vine, vise, wide, wile, wipe, wire, wise

Long O Four Letter Words

bone, bore, code, coke, cone, cope, core, cove, doze, fore, hole, home, hone, hope, hose, joke, lobe, lode, lone, lore, mode, mole, mope, mote, node, nope, note, poke, pole, pope, pore, robe, rode, role, rope, rose, rove, sole, tore, tote, vote, woke, wore, wove

Long U Four Letter Words

cube, cure, cute, dude, duke, dune, fume, huge, lure, mule, muse, mute, nuke, pure, rude, rule, sure, tube

Longer Silent E Words

adore, blame, blare, brave, bride, calculate, close, clothe, crane, crime, cupcake, dance, drive, evoke, extreme, fable, fleece, fluke, flute, frame, gauge, goose, grace, grate, grave, grove, handle, hence, loose, moose, orate, plane, scene, skate, slate, spite, state, stove, stripe, tadpole, whine, wrote

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Silent E Rules for Pronunciation

Anchor chart with a list of Silent E words

Source: Latoya Burrows on Pinterest

Silent E is known for “making the vowel say its name,” and that’s one of its most important jobs. But that final E has other pronunciation effects on words too. Here are some to teach your students.

1. Silent E makes the vowel before it long

Examples: Think CVCe words like cap vs. cape or mop vs. mope. There are also a handful of 3-letter silent e words where it changes pronunciation, like do vs. doe.

2. It makes C and G soft

Examples: Dance, wage, or stage

3. Silent E makes TH soft

Examples: Bathe, soothe, or lithe

4. When it appears with an L at the end, it adds a syllable to words

Examples: Bundle, simple, or handle

See more ways that Silent E can affect words at All About Learning Press.

Activities and Ideas for Teaching Silent E

These Silent E activities, songs, and videos will help your students master this challenging concept.

Vintage Silent E