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Magic E Words With the Long "a" Sound

Welcome back to Read Not Guess. Today we’re going to work on words with a “Magic E” at the end like “make” and “take.”


Both parent and child will need to be able to see the screen.


Let’s get started.


Letter Name Quiz


So far we’ve focused on the sounds the letters make. But today it might be helpful to also brush up on the names of the vowels.


Specifically, can your child say the name of this letter? (It's A as in "hay" or "may.") Ask them to say the name of the letter as they point to it:


a

a

a


Special Rule: Magic E


Today we’re going to learn about the Magic E. Explain to your child that when a word ends with a Magic E, the "e" at the end is silent, but it makes the vowel that comes before it say its own name.


So when a word looks like this, the Magic E helps the “a” say its own name:


a_e


Word Practice


See if your child can sound out these words with the Magic E:


ate


gate


ape


tape


shape


hate


take


state


made


wave


Silly Sentences


Have your child practice the Magic E with these silly sentences:


Bake the ham.


Wake the girls.


Swim in the lake.


Don’t be late.


Shake it off.


If they read these smoothly, great! If they stumble, have them keep practicing to get them right.


That’s it for today. We’ll see you next time.


P.S. Ready for more practice? Try the free decodable story "Cave in the Maze" from UFLI Foundations.

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