Are you looking for a fun way to practice magic E words this winter?  This icy magic E sort is a must-play! You can stay warm and cozy inside while you practice six long vowel word families.

Snag your set below and then hop over to grab our Vowel Team Centers in our shop for more reading practice!

Getting the Magic E Sort Ready

Prepping the magic E activity was nice and simple. 

I printed the activity, laminated it and cut apart the cards. 

I also printed and laminated the record sheets to save on printing costs!

Playing the Magic E Sort

To start, I chose just two-word families for my small group to work on and review. 

I spread out the word family igloos in a line, mixed up the ice block word cards and placed them face up on the table so that kids could easily start sorting them. 

The first child chose an ice block and read the word out loud.

She picked up the word “take” and determined it belonged near the -AKE igloo. 

We worked through all of the letters until each magic E ice block had been placed by its appropriate igloo. 

It was a great chance to point out the magic E spelling patterns as well!

Checking For Understanding

After each word had been carefully sorted, the children wrote their words into the correct word family on their record sheets. 

It was an easy way to quickly check for understanding and give them practice writing the magic E words!

Grab Your Magic E Sort

Click the blue download button below to grab your freebie and then hop over and snag our Vowel Team Centers for more word practice!


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  1. Wow! Thank you so much for creating and then sharing these with us! I teach 1st grade and feel my students need more of these activities.
    Again…thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. You are most welcome, Patricia!
      We are so glad you’re enjoying them!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

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