November 26, 2008
This may seem like a silly tip, but it sure helped my talkative first graders understand the reading skill CVCe (consonant-vowel-consonant, with silent e). When my students could not grasp it in adult terms, I told them the following story.
CVC and the vowel talked quietly making the short vowel sound. Then along came the vowel’s friend Silent E and stood at the end. Although he didn’t talk, he made a funny face that caused the vowel in the middle to talk loudly (the long vowel sound), which got him in trouble.
The children all started laughing, because they could identify with getting in trouble for talking or making someone get in trouble for talking. The skill CVC and CVCe are no longer a problem for them. This story helped my students sound out new words with these vowel patterns.