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

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