Final E Word Pairs
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 four sets of word cards to demonstrate one of Final E’s most important functions: making a vowel say its name.
The cards in these four sets pair up (mainly*) CVC words with their CVC+e counterparts to give you plenty of ready-made examples of how to turn a short vowel sound into a long vowel sound by adding a final silent E, just like magic.
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.
Seventeen short a words paired with matching long a words created by adding final e.
at, ate, bath, bathe, 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
Twelve short i words paired with the matching long i word created by adding final e.
bit, bite, dim, dime, fin, fine, grip, gripe, hid, hide, kit, kite, pin, pine, mill, mile, quit, quite, rid, ride, slid, slide, Tim, time
18 word cards.
Nine short o words paired with long o counterparts created by adding final e.
cod, code, cop, cope, glob, globe, hop, hope, mop, mope, not, note, rod, rode, slop, slope, ton, tone
Word list for Final E word pairs Set 4 (words with ar, er, ir, ur).
18 word cards.
Nine words with the r-controlled vowel sounds ar, er, ir, ur, each paired up with long vowel words created by adding final e.
bar, bare, car, care, far, fare, star, stare, her, here, fir, fire, sir, sire, cur, cure, purr, pure