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Long Vowels and Silent e

We have been working hard learning long vowel sounds.  Whewww!  That is hard for some of us to grasp.  I found this poem to help us.  I wish I knew who to give credit for the poem.  I really like it.  You sing it to the tune of For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.  Here is what it would sound like for the word cake:  The e jumps over the k, the e jumps over the k, the e jumps over the k, to let the a say its name!  If you would like to have this poem, click here  or on the picture to grab it.  I hope you can use it.  :)

Some of my students need more than just a song or me teaching them what the silent e's job is.  I have found a lot of times they need a visual to go with it.  So we have gotten into the habit of drawing the arrow over the consonant to point to the vowel that says its name.  This seems to work for my students that couldn't remember long vowel sounds on their own.  

Here is how we have are handling vowel pairs.  We of course know the song- two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.  But the song in itself didn't make sense to my students.  So we had to act it out by having two vowels in a word, the person holding the first vowel holds the board out farther than the others, the person holding the other vowel holds their hand over their mouth to show that vowel doesn't talk.  This has worked wonders for my group that just couldn't switch over from a short vowel to a long vowel.  All I have to say is vowel pair and they remind me, "oh, I remember that is like when she held the e and he held the a with his hand over his mouth!".  Some of my students have to work through this little scenario to be able to remember how to handle the two vowels.  But hey, whatever works!! 


  1. Those long vowel patterns are so hard for some kids. The kinesthetic, visual, and singing clues all help make learning stick a little better. As always, a great post!

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I wish I'd had that poem when I was in first grade! One thing that helped my kiddos was watching the "When two vowels go walking" video clip from Between the Lions, because they could actually see it.

    The Daily Alphabet

  3. Yes, Tammy, for some of my students it takes all the different types of learning for it to click for them. :)

  4. Thank you Angela! I hadn't seen that video before. I will have to show that one to my students- they will love it!

  5. Really good ideas!! I really need to incorporate more activities like this in my class, especially for my ELL kiddos. Thank you for sharing. I also stopped by to let you know you have been tagged!! Surf on over when you get a minute:)
    Surfin' Through Second

  6. Thank you Corinna! I'll be over to read about it. :)

  7. Thank you Erica! I'm happy that you liked it. :)


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