Phonics - Split Digraphs
Adding an 'e' to a word can change the sound.

Phonics - Split Digraphs

Split Digraphs identifies the ‘magic e’ that changes short vowel sounds into long sounds. This game is for Year 1 children at KS1 and should remind them of this rule to aid their reading and spelling. It follows from the previous digraph quizzes and introduces them to split digraphs, which will add to their knowledge of English and all-round literacy.

When you write the word ‘hop’ the vowel sound is ‘o’ and is called a short sound. If you add a magic ‘e’ to that word to make it ‘hope’ the ‘o’ sound changes to ‘oo’ – the long vowel sound.

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  1. This dog has a bone. What family of sounds does the magic e belong to in the word 'bone'?
    Bone and loan rhyme. If a word is in the same phonetic sound family then the words usually rhyme.
  2. She is playing a flute. What family of sounds does the magic e belong to in the word 'flute'?
    This 'oo' sound is like 'boo' and 'too' not 'book' and 'took'.
  3. Which of these words could you add a magic e to?
    When you add a magic e to 'tap', you change the word to 'tape'.
  4. These girls are playing a game. What family of sounds does the magic e belong to in the word 'game'?
    The magic e turns the 'a' sound into the 'ai' sound.
  5. Which of these words could you add a magic e to?
    If you add a magic e to cub, you change the word to 'cube' which is a 3D square shape.
  6. Look at the time. What family of sounds does the magic e belong to in the word 'time'?
    If there was no magic e, the word would say Tim, which is a popular name for boys.
  7. Which of these words could you add a magic e to?
    The word 'not' turns to 'note', which could be a letter or a musical note.
  8. This picture was taken on Christmas Eve. What family of sounds does the magic e belong to in the word 'eve'?
    Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas.
  9. Which of these words could you add a magic e to?
    The picture is of a pinecone, which grow on trees.
  10. How do we show the magic e sign?
    When talking about magic e we include the _ sign to show that a letter comes between the vowel and the magic e.

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