Final E Word Pairs

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Final E, Silent E, Silent Final E, Magic E, Bossy E… A phonics rule so powerful it has at least 5 different names!

Here are 4 sets of word cards to demonstrate one of Final e’s most important functions, that is: making a vowel say its name.

Yes, Final E does other things too, like changing the hard /k/ and /g/ sounds into /s/ or /j/ as in ace and age. With the exception of wag –> wage, these sets of word pairs won’t help you teach that softening effect– we’re sticking to long vowel sounds here.

The cards below pair up mainly CVC words (with a few consonant blends) with their CVC+e counterparts to give you plenty of readymade examples of how to turn a short vowel sound into a long vowel sound by adding a final silent E, like magic.

Happy spelling!


Set 1 – Final E Pairs with A

  • 17 short and long A pairs
  • 34 word cards
  • prints on 4 pages

Word list:
at – ate, ban – bane, cap – cape, dam – dame, fat – fate, gab – Gabe, hat – hate, Jan – Jane, Kat – Kate, mad – made, nap – nape, pan – pane, rat – rate, Sam – same, tam – tame, van – vane, wag – wage.

Download Final E Pairs 1 – A

Set 2 – Download Final E Pairs with I

  • 12 short and long I pairs
  • 24 word cards
  • prints on 3 pages

Word list:
bit – bite, dim – dime, fin – fine, grip – gripe, hid – hide, kit – kite, pin – pine, mill – mile, quit – quite, rid – ride, slid – slide, Tim – time.

Download Final E Pairs 2 – I

Set 3 – Download Final E Pairs with O

  • 8 short and long O pairs
  • 16 word cards
  • prints on 2 pages

Word list:
cod – code, cop – cope, glob – globe, hop – hope, mop – mope, not – note, rod – rode, slop – slope.

Download Final E Pairs 3 – O

Set 4 – Final E Pairs with AR, ER, IR, UR

  • 8 pairs of R-controlled vowels and long vowel sounds
  • 16 word cards
  • prints on 2 pages

Word list:
bar – bare, car – care, far – fare, her – here, fir – fire, sir – sire, cur – cure, purr – pure.
Download Final E Pairs 4 – AR, ER, IR, UR

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