These colorful kite puzzles are the perfect way to introduce “Magic E” words AND bring a little spring into your classroom.
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To prepare this activity, I printed all of the kite puzzles on cardstock and laminated them for durability.
Next, I cut apart each of the 20 puzzles and placed the puzzle pieces in plastic bags according to their vowel sound: A, E, I, O and U.
What Are Magic E Words?
These words get their name because the silent E at the end of the word makes the middle vowel say its name.
For example, the A in “cake” makes the long A sound.
And the O in “hose” says the long O sound.
That silent E uses its magical powers to change the sound vowels make, so we call words that have one “Magic E words.”
Magic E Kite Puzzles
To introduce the game, I asked the kids what their favorite springtime activities were.
When a student mentioned flying kites, I wrote kite on the board.
Once I had given several students opportunities to share, I asked them to look at the word kite.
The letter I in the word kite makes the long vowel sound because of the Magic E at the end.
I then explained that we were going to be practicing reading Magic E words by matching the picture on the kite with the word below the string.
I spread one set of cards out on a table – placing the picture cards at the top and the word cards at the bottom.
Since the Magic E was new to most of my students, we started by working with just one vowel sound at a time, beginning with the long A sound.
After all the students had a chance to practice each vowel sound individually, I mixed up the cards and had the students work on completing all the kite puzzles.
The kids had so much fun with this spring-themed activity!
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