Magic ‘e’ words: Magic E Words — Sight Words, Reading, Writing, Spelling & Worksheets

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Magic E Rule: The magic E rule states when the letter “e” sits at the end of the word, it is usually silent and the “magical” E tells the first vowel or the preceding vowel to say its name or long sound. The magic e vowels are as follows: a_e, i_e, o_e and u_e. The magic e is commonly referred to as the final or silent e.

Long A (a_e) Long I (i_e) Long O (o_e) Long U (u_e)

Magic E Words: Long A

The table below was compiled using the following word families: -ace, -ade, -age, -ake, -ale, -ame, -ane, -ape, -ase, -aste, -ate, -ave and -aze. It contains 138 long A words with a magic e.

Long A Words Word Family
ace -ace
face -ace
lace -ace
mace -ace
pace -ace
race -ace
brace -ace
grace -ace
place -ace
space -ace
trace -ace
bade -ade
fade -ade
jade -ade
made -ade
wade -ade
blade -ade
glade -ade
grade -ade
shade -ade
spade -ade
trade -ade
age -age
cage -age
gage -age
page -age
rage -age
sage -age
wage -age
stage -age
bake -ake
cake -ake
fake -ake
Jake -ake
lake -ake
make -ake
quake -ake
rake -ake
take -ake
wake -ake
brake -ake
drake -ake
flake -ake
shake -ake
snake -ake
stake -ake
ale -ale
bale -ale
dale -ale
gale -ale
hale -ale
male -ale
pale -ale
sale -ale
tale -ale
scale -ale
shale -ale
stale -ale
whale -ale
came -ame
dame -ame
fame -ame
game -ame
lame -ame
name -ame
same -ame
tame -ame
blame -ame
flame -ame
frame -ame
shame -ame
bane -ane
cane -ane
Jane -ane
lane -ane
mane -ane
pane -ane
sane -ane
vane -ane
wane -ane
crane -ane
plane -ane
ape -ape
cape -ape
gape -ape
nape -ape
tape -ape
drape -ape
grape -ape
scrape -ape
shape -ape
base -ase
case -ase
vase -ase
chase -ase
baste -aste
haste -aste
paste -aste
taste -aste
waste -aste
chaste -aste
ate -ate
date -ate
fate -ate
gate -ate
hate -ate
Kate -ate
late -ate
mate -ate
rate -ate
crate -ate
grate -ate
plate -ate
skate -ate
state -ate
cave -ave
Dave -ave
gave -ave
pave -ave
rave -ave
save -ave
wave -ave
brave -ave
crave -ave
grave -ave
shave -ave
slave -ave
stave -ave
daze -aze
faze -aze
gaze -aze
haze -aze
maze -aze
raze -aze
blaze -aze
craze -aze
glaze -aze
graze -aze
Exceptions to Magic E Words – Long A

Unfortunately, there are exceptions to the magic E long a sound. We like to refer to these words as odd balls. The following words make the /air/ sound instead of long a sound:

bare care dare
fare hare mare
pare rare ware
blare flare glare
scare share snare
spare square stare


Magic E Words: Long I

The table below was compiled using the following word families: -ibe, -ice, -ide, -ife, -ike, -ile, -ime, -ine, -ipe, -ire, -ise, -ite and -ive. It contains 110 long I words with a magic e.

Long I Words Word Family
jibe -ibe
bribe -ibe
scribe -ibe
tribe -ibe
dice -ice
lice -ice
mice -ice
nice -ice
rice -ice
vice -ice
price -ice
slice -ice
splice -ice
thrice -ice
twice -ice
bide -ide
hide -ide
ride -ide
side -ide
tide -ide
wide -ide
bride -ide
chide -ide
glide -ide
pride -ide
snide -ide
stride -ide
fife -ife
knife -ife
life -ife
rife -ife
wife -ife
strife -ife
bike -ike
dike -ike
hike -ike
like -ike
Mike -ike
pike -ike
spike -ike
strike -ike
bile -ile
file -ile
mile -ile
Nile -ile
pile -ile
tile -ile
vile -ile
smile -ile
stile -ile
while -ile
dime -ime
lime -ime
mime -ime
time -ime
chime -ime
clime -ime
crime -ime
grime -ime
prime -ime
slime -ime
dine -ine
fine -ine
line -ine
mine -ine
nine -ine
pine -ine
tine -ine
vine -ine
wine -ine
brine -ine
shine -ine
shrine -ine
spine -ine
swine -ine
whine -ine
pipe -ipe
ripe -ipe
wipe -ipe
gripe -ipe
snipe -ipe
stripe -ipe
swipe -ipe
tripe -ipe
fire -ire
hire -ire
tire -ire
wire -ire
spire -ire
guise -ise
rise -ise
wise -ise
bite -ite
kite -ite
mite -ite
quite -ite
rite -ite
site -ite
white -ite
write -ite
sprite -ite
dive -ive
five -ive
hive -ive
jive -ive
live -ive
chive -ive
drive -ive
strive -ive
thrive -ive


Magic E Words: Long O

The table below was compiled using the following word families: -obe, -ode, -oke, -ole, -ome, -one, -ope, -ose and -ote. It contains 72 long O words with a magic e.

Long O Words Word Family
lobe -obe
robe -obe
globe -obe
probe -obe
code -ode
lode -ode
mode -ode
node -ode
rode -ode
strode -ode
coke -oke
joke -oke
poke -oke
woke -oke
yoke -oke
broke -oke
choke -oke
smoke -oke
spoke -oke
stoke -oke
stroke -oke
dole -ole
hole -ole
mole -ole
pole -ole
role -ole
stole -ole
whole -ole
dome -ome
home -ome
Nome -ome
Rome -ome
tome -ome
gnome -ome
chrome -ome
bone -one
cone -one
hone -one
lone -one
tone -one
zone -one
clone -one
crone -one
drone -one
phone -one
prone -one
shone -one
stone -one
cope -ope
dope -ope
hope -ope
lope -ope
mope -ope
nope -ope
Pope -ope
rope -ope
grope -ope
scope -ope
slope -ope
hose -ose
nose -ose
pose -ose
rose -ose
chose -ose
close -ose
prose -ose
those -ose
note -ote
quote -ote
rote -ote
vote -ote
wrote -ote
Exceptions to Magic E Words – Long O

Unfortunately, there are several exceptions to the magic E long o sound. We like to refer to these words as odd balls. The following words make the short u sound instead of long o sound:

some* come* dove
love glove shove

*These words are sight words. Both of my children were exposed to these words in either kindergarten or first grade.

The following odd balls make the /or/ sound instead of long o:

bore core fore
gore more pore
sore tore wore
chore score shore
snore spore store


Magic E Words: Long U

The table below was compiled using the following word families: -ule, -une, -ure, -use and -ute. It contains 21 long U words with a magic e.

Long U Words Word Family
mule -ule
pule -ule
rule -ule
yule -ule
June -une
tune -une
prune -une
cure -ure
lure -ure
pure -ure
sure -ure
fuse -use
muse -use
ruse -use
cute -ute
jute -ute
lute -ute
mute -ute
brute -ute
chute -ute
flute -ute
Exceptions to Magic E Words – Long U

Unfortunately, there are several exceptions to the magic E long u sound. We like to refer to these words as odd balls. The following words make the long oo sound instead of long u sound:

dube rube tube
crude nude rude
nuke prude duke
fume puke fluke
spume flume plume


Source: Fry, E.B., Ph.D. & Kress, J.E., Ed.D. (2006). The Reading
Teacher’s Book of Lists 5th Edition.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass

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Magic E or Silent E Words and Rules | Language Lesson

This video lesson is designed for 6-12-years old children to guide them on how the use of magic ‘e’ or silent ‘e’ changes the pronunciation of the word.

What is Magic ‘e’?

The magic ‘e’, is also known as the unspoken ‘e’ or the silent ‘e’, or the bossy ‘e’. When the letter ‘e’ is placed at the end of a word, it becomes silent and changes how the word is spoken or pronounced. It happens when the letter ‘e’ appears in the second letter of a split digraph with another vowel sound, such as in the word ‘like’, cake, puke, and hive.

Why do We Call Magic “e” Rule by its Name?

The magic e is called by its names because it helps to make learning about it more fun and engaging for children. Split digraphs such as ‘magic’ or ‘bossy’ allow facilitators to come up with a fun story or made-up anecdote to explain how it got its name helping children easier to understand more. It helps them understand how by silent magic the letter ‘e’ comes at the end of a word and turns a short ‘o’ into a long ‘o’ sound or a short ‘i’ into a long ‘i’ sound.

What are the Rules for Using the Silent ‘e’ and How Does the Pronunciation of the Word Change? 

In Language vocabulary, many words or morphemes end with magic ‘e’ or silent ‘e’. It means the letter ‘e’ is never pronounced, but it changes the meaning of the word while being silent. 

Consider some words: bridge, cute, date, delicate, hive, large, gate, and time. All the words have something in common; each of them ends with a silent ‘e.’

Let us refresh the ‘/a/’ sound and all other vowel sounds produced, along with the silent e.

Magic e or Silent e Rules:

There are a few rules to remember when using the silent ‘e,’ so let’s review them.

Rule 1: Vowel Sound Rule

There are two types of vowel sounds: short vowel sounds and long vowel sounds. A silent e in association with the other vowels converts a short vowel sound to a long vowel sound /eɪ, ei, aɪ, au/. 

Note: There is usually only one consonant between the silent e and the preceding vowel to produce a long vowel sound. In some cases, two consonants may also have the same effect, such as a table, paste, and bathe.

Thus, the magic e or silent e lets other vowels say their name.

For example, in the word ‘make’ the silent ‘e’ forces the preceding vowel to say its name – ‘a’.

Similarly, in the word ‘bike’, the silent ‘e’ forces the preceding vowel to say its name – ‘i’.  

Rule 2: Consonant Sounds 

The “silent e” tells consonant sounds

  1. C or G to make a soft sound such as ice, age, etc.
  2. TH to make a vocal sound such as breathe, etc.
  3. S to make the /s/ sound instead of /az/ sound such as moos-moose, teas-tease, tens-tense, etc. 

Rule 3: Stop Words from Ending in U and V 

The rule of English spelling states that words cannot end with u or v. Adding “silent e” in the end prevents words from violating the spelling rule. For example: argue, blue, drive, and wave.

Rule 4: Distinguish Homophones

It also helps in distinguishing homophones. such as aw-awe, brows-browse, by-bye, and cops-corpse.

What are Some Examples of Silent ‘e’ Words?

To help us understand the magic ‘e’ or silent ‘e’ rule, let’s look at some common examples of how it applies to different words:

  • Amaze
  • Make
  • Cake
  • Bake
  • Bike
  • Mute
  • Smoke
  • Cape
  • Tube
  • Ape
  • Kite
  • Globe
  • Late
  • Hope
  • Hate
  • Rope
  • Cube
  • Space
  • Gate

In all of these examples, the silent ‘e’ at the end of each word informs how we pronounce the vowels that come before it. If we took the words ‘Hope’ and ‘Mute’ and removed the silent ‘e’, we would end up with the words ‘Hop’ and ‘Mut.’

The Montessori method of learning helps a child to read, write, and relate to English words and language more easily and quickly.

Watch the video to learn how to pronounce the words containing magic ‘e’ or silent ‘e’. 

Related Resources:

  1. Beginning Sounds: Set 1B
  2. Alphabet Three Period Lesson
  3. Name Lessons

For more language lessons, visit:

Video created by: Justine McNeilly (Metro East Montessori, Granite City, Illinois).


  • Is Magic e or silent e same?

Yes,  ‘magic e’ or ‘split digraph’ is known as a ‘silent e

  • What is magic e syllable?

An E can jump over (or under) a consonant at the end of a one-syllable word, giving its power to the other vowel. In this way, the E remains silent and the other vowel pronounces its name or makes a long sound instead

Magic E: learning fun | Skyteach

When learning English sounds and words, young students are often surprised that some letters are read in two different ways, for example, the letter ‘a’ in the words hat /hæt/) and hate /heɪt/). are not readable, for example ‘e’ at the end of a word. For such cases, teachers have coined a special term ‘magic e’, the magic letter E , also known as silent E, which is unreadable but ‘lengthens’ the vowel before no.

How can you help students understand the rules of this sound easily? It’s time to take up the magic wands and start conjuring? We have compiled a selection of exercises that will help students learn Magic E in an easy and fun way.

1. Magic E rules

a myself E «silent»․

  1. Color, cut and paste

Print out the template and distribute to the students. Make sure they have a white pencil, colored markers, scissors, and glue. Students take turns reading the words. Then each one writes the letter e at the end of each word on his template with a white pencil and paints them with a marker, thus “revealing” the magic words e .

When finished, the students read the words they received and paste the corresponding pictures in front of them.


To bring out the creative side of the students and make the task a little more difficult, use a template on which they have to draw the appropriate picture over the word.

  1. Songs

When working with children, songs will help to introduce the concept of magic e . For example, Magic e song will be useful for showing children how to e turns short sounds into long ones. And Silent e song gives a visual representation of how the magic of the letter e works in words.

  1. Magic E Treasure Hunt

Print out the game template, on cardboard if possible, to create a real game board. The game is designed for two players. If working with a class, divide students into pairs, and if individually, become the second player.

Give the pairs one template each and a sheet to record their steps. Make sure each student has one marker of different colors, a die, and tokens (you can use paperclips or coins instead).

In each pair, one of the students rolls a die and takes a step with the tokens. If the student «lands», for example, on the CVC word, he writes it with a blue marker under the corresponding column — CVC, and if the word ends with e , then under the column Magic «e» . The second player does the same, but with a red marker.

The first one to reach the finish line wins. But the game doesn’t end there. After that, the students exchange their notes and fill in the words that were missing. Each of them, adding the missing word, pronounces it and says, for example: Magic e turned ‘cub’ into ‘cube’, cub has a short a sound and cube has a long a sound.


To reinforce the words from the game, after the students have finished it, give them one CVCe words — Magic «e» sheet. They look at the picture above the word where two letters are missing and fill them in.


  1. Magic E Stick it to me

Create a corner in the classroom where students write words starting with 9 before class.0003 Magic E . They exchange their notes and next to the word that another student wrote, draw the corresponding picture. After the teacher checks the notes, the students stick them on a special board. This will serve as a reminder of the magic letter e . You can read more about how to use post-it sticky notes here.


  1. 4 in a Row

Give students one piece of paper and one marker each. The teacher says the word, and the students must find and cross it out. The first person to wrap 4 words horizontally, vertically or diagonally becomes the first winner. The teacher continues to read until all the words are finished. During this time, students can take second, third place, and so on.

  1. Magic E clip cards

Print the template, cut out the cards and give to the student. Each card has a picture and 3 words. The student determines which of these words refers to the picture and, using plastic clothespins, selects the correct spelling of the word.

After each choice, the teacher draws an exclamation point (think again about your answer), a smiley (you’re close to correct answer), or a star (Great! Keep it up) on the back of the card. After completing the exercise, the student checks the backs of their cards. If not all answers are correct, he tries again, but with the teachers.

  1. Magic E Wand

Select the words you would like to study with students, print and share them. Have students make a “magic wand” out of paper or cardboard (you can cut out a star and use popsicle sticks). On the star they write the letter «e». Distribute several printed words to the students and ask them to say the words one at a time, first without e , and then put the stick at the end of the word and say the new word received.

  1. Magic E mix and match

Online lessons can be used Magic E online games. Students must unscramble words to help learn and practice listening, spelling and word usage with Magic E.

In Magic E Match , the student matches as many words and pictures as possible in 60 seconds.

In Magic E Mix the student has to rearrange the words and find their correct spelling in 60 seconds. As soon as he finds a word, he says it, and moves on to the next one.

Listening is practiced in Magic E Quiz . The student hears the word and chooses an answer based on the pronunciation.

Add some magic to the lessons and help your students to pronounce and spell Magic E correctly. :

1. Develop the ability to check words with the letter e in

2. Develop attention and memory, enrich speech

3. Raising a culture of academic work.

Equipment: petals, berry hidden under
petals, signal cards, Christmas tree, balls.


— Guys, read the motto of our lesson.

— The more hard work is at the beginning, the sweeter the fruit.

II. A moment of cleansing.

Powdered paths,
Decorated the earrings.
Finally you came0046
We have a sorceress … (winter).

— What letter does the answer begin with?

Consonant, steam room, voiced, in the word winter is mild.

— Let’s write the lowercase and capital letters Z3 and
guess winter. (A sample letter opens on the board
Zz decorated with snowflakes)

— What spelling is the answer?

— Choose test words.

— The topic of today’s lesson: continue with
unstressed vowels in the root, which

— Winter is full of wonders.

Patterns on glass, scattered on walkways
silver, pearls. And among these miracles, blossomed
flower-seven-flower, which will help us in
discovery of new knowledge in the classroom. As you know,
when the plant develops, after the flower
ripens … the fruit. Today, based on existing
knowledge, we will grow it.

Say the magic words:

Fly, fly, petal.
Through the west, to the east.
Just touch the ground
Be my way…

III. Spelling minute. Petal 1

A) — Prepare signal cards.

— Carry, seas, cold, houses, squeal, walk,
plant, meet, grieve, bump, trap,

B) Write the sentence on the blackboard and in notebooks.

— Write down the offer.

— Find spelling.

— Underline the main members of the sentence.

In the north, there are severe frosts in winter.

IV. Learning new material. Petal 2

Guess the riddles write down the riddles

1. She takes juice from flowers
And in honeycombs accumulates sweet honey. (Bee — bees)

2. Without hands, without hatchet
Hut built. (Nest — nests)

3. Don’t peck me my friend,
Voiced cockerel.
I’ll go to the warm land
Then there are people like me in it
There will be a whole family. (Grain — grains)

4. You will read this fairy tale
Quiet, quiet, quiet
Once upon a time there was a gray hedgehog
And his … (Hedgehog — hedgehog)

— What do all these words have in common?

— One spelling — e , check e .

V. Draw a conclusion. Petal 3

the word to be checked must have the vowel 9 at the root0003 e .

— And how can you check other unstressed

Historical note.

Yo, ё — the 7th letter of Russian and Belarusian and
9th — Russian alphabets.

Also used in some non-Slavic
alphabets based on civil Cyrillic
(for example, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Chuvash and
Udmurt). After consonants means them
softness (if possible) and sound [o]; in others
cases — combination [jo]. In Russian words
origin (except for words with prefixes three-
and four- ) always carries an accent

According to § 10 of the Rules of Russian Spelling and
punctuation”, officially operating since 1956,
“the letter “ё” is written in the following cases”:

  1. When it is necessary to prevent misreading
    and understanding of the word, for example, we learn in contrast to
    we learn, everything is different from everything, a bucket, unlike
    bucket; perfect (participle) as opposed to
    perfect (adjective), etc.
  2. When it is necessary to indicate the pronunciation of a little-known
    words, for example: Olekma river.
  3. In special texts: primers, school
    textbooks of the Russian language, orthoepy textbooks and
    etc., as well as in dictionaries to indicate the place
    stress and correct pronunciation.

The monument to the letter Yo is erected in Ulyanovsk.

VI. Physical pause. Petal 4

— A small seed was in the soil in winter
cold, it shrunk to keep warm. (Muscular
tension, closed eyes). Spring sunny
the rays warmed the earth and the seed warmed up, straightened
your shoulders. (Muscle relaxation) He became so
I wonder what is up there, that it is slowly
began to grow. He got roots (children
rise to their feet, open their eyes) and the first
leaves (raise hands above head,
half bent at the elbows). The sun is so warm
a sprout that sprang from the seed that he chose to become
high-high to wave the sun with your
leaves (children stretch up, rise
on tiptoe, waving their hands). And once upon a
a flower blossomed in a sprout, he smiled at the sun and
other flowers (children smile at the teacher and friend
friend, turning from side to side). A
then autumn came and in place of the flower
seeds were formed, which the plant dropped into
soil (hand movements, as if shaking off water,
aimed at removing accumulated muscle
tension). This is how the plant grew throughout the year.

Consolidation of what has been learned. Petal 5

Test. In the margins of the workbook. (Write only
unstressed vowel)

Spring, mushroom, lake, ice, arrow, forest,
number, swifts, nest.

E, i, e, e, e, e, and e e

Peer review Work in pairs. Evaluation criteria:

1 error — 4

2, 3 — 3

More than 3 — 2

VIII. Petal 6.

Independent multi-level work with
subsequent check.

— Choose a task according to your abilities:

Sparkled, in, a bright, star, in the sky

A month, above, shines, cheerfully, in the village.

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