Overview of Vowel-Consonant-e Syllables

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Overview of Vowel-Consonant-e Syllables
Video Demonstration

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Video Transcript

Vowel-consonant-e, or VCe, syllables contain a silent e at the end that elongates the vowel sound.

For example, if you add an e to the word mat, it becomes mate. Notice how the e at the end is silent, but it changes the vowel sound to the long a.

The syllable can start with a consonant, a blend, or digraph (for example, shake), or may contain only the VCe, such as in the word ate.

The vowel is long and the final e is silent, which is why the VCe is also called a silent-e syllable.

Words with a vowel-re pattern at the end are considered to be VCe syllables, rather than r-controlled syllables. Tell students that the e is stronger than the r, so the e jumps over the r to make the vowel long, as in care and fire

Teaching students the characteristics of VCe syllables is crucial. Many longer, harder-to-read words contain VCe syllables, so the sooner students learn these basic concepts, the sooner they’ll be able to read and spell more words.

Six Syllable Types

Video Demonstration

This video demonstrates how to teach students to read and spell words with vowel-consonant-e (VCe) syllables.

This video also has an activity that demonstrates how manipulating the letters in words helps students discriminate between VCe and CVC syllables. This activity could also be used as a spelling activity where the words are dictated to the students.

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