Silent E Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help elementary students learn about the rules for pronouncing and spelling words containing the silent letter 'e'. Students will watch an informational video and participate in related activities.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • differentiate between long and short vowel patterns
  • apply spelling rules when adding suffixes to words with silent to words with silent 'e'
  • accurately pronounce words in which the silent 'e' produces a soft /g/ or /c/


45-90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.


Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.


Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.


  • brads
  • cardstock
  • chart paper
  • construction paper
  • markers
  • paper plates
  • scissors


  • long vowel
  • short vowel
  • silent 'e'
  • soft consonant

Reading & Discussion

  • Activate prior knowledge by writing the words 'rip,' 'cod,' and 'rag' on a sheet of chart paper. Students will read the words. Add 'e' to the end of each word and ask students to decode the new words.
  • Watch the video lesson Silent E Words & Rules with students.
  • Pause after the 'Vowel Sounds' section at 1:17 to ask the following questions:
    • What is the difference between long and short vowel sounds?
    • What are some examples of words with long vowel sounds?
    • How does the silent 'e' change the way a word is pronounced?
    • What are some words that do not follow this pattern?
  • Watch the remainder of the lesson to students. Pause to ask:
    • What are the rules for adding a suffix to a word that ends with silent 'e'?
    • How does the silent 'e' change the way the letters 'c' and 'g' are pronounced?
  • Turn and talk:
    • How would you explain the silent 'e' to a younger student?


Students will choose from the following activities.

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