Activity for ages 5 to 7.
Learning to read is so exciting and, once kids build up confidence with their CVC words, they may be ready to tackle those “Magic E” long vowel words. These Shamrock CVCe puzzles are great to add to your St. Patrick’s day themed learning activities if your kids are ready for some “Magic E” fun!
Prepping these printables was a piece of cake. I quickly printed out the two pages of 12 puzzles, laminated them, and then cut them in half to make 24 pieces.
Note: You may find it helpful to print two sets if you are using the activity in a classroom setting- one for you to use in small groups, and another to have available in a literacy center or for an independent work station.
Shamrock CVCe Puzzles
Depending on the needs of your kids, you may decide to use all 12 of the puzzles at once, or start with just a few.
In my group, we had already been working with CVCe words, so we were ready to tackle all 5 long vowels at once.
We first separated the pictures from the words to stay organized, and then we spread the pictures out in a line so that we could see them better.
We each took a turn picking a word card and reading the CVCe word, or “Magic E” word as we like to call it (the e magically turns a short vowel long), and hunting for its matching picture to complete the shamrock.
We also practiced hiding the letter e with our finger and reading the word with a short vowel sound, and then revealing the e to make the sound long.
For example, we would cover the e in gate to read it as “gat” and then reveal the e to stress that now it is making the vowel say its name, so the word is “gate”.
We kept reading words and matching them with their pictures until all of our festive green shamrocks were complete!
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