Skill: long (o) spelling patterns (o-e) and (oe)
The “e” at the end
of home is
silent; it is a signal that sits at
the end of the word. It tells the first vowel
to say its name.
It is known as the magic "e" rule.
Read these words.
Recall the long vowel rule: When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking (it says its name), the second one does the walking (it is silent).
Write the two long (o) spelling patterns in the words above.
Can you think of some additional words with the spelling patterns (o-e, oe)?
Dictation/Spelling Practice for (o-e, oe) words
Read these sentences.
- Did you hoe those roses?
- Did Moe poke a hole in the note?
- I do not like to be at home alone.
- Will the doe go home if we leave it alone?
- I rode my bike and fell in a hole.
- I fell and poked my nose on a stone.
- My dad drove home from his work.
- Mom tiptoed to the stove to check the smoked ham.
- The stovepipe helped the smoke go up the chimney.
- I have an aloe plant at my home.
- Can you play those notes on an oboe?
- Joe broke a bone in his big toe.
- I will taste the roe and drink pekoe tea.
- I played tic-tac-toe with Joe.
- Woe is me. The smoke chokes me.
- I stepped in a hole and broke a bone.
- He tied his robe with a rose rope.
- I hope my home will not slide down the slope.
- Oh woe! Poor Moe hacked his toe with a hoe.
Create two or more sentences. Include some words that have the spelling pattern (o-e, oe). Illustrate one of your sentences on the back of the paper.
Check your sentences. Did you begin each sentence with a capital letter? Did you add a period (.), question mark (?), or exclamation point (!) at the end of each sentence? Is your penmanship neat?
A number of frequently used words do not follow the general vowel rules, particularly o–e (o consonant e words). I’m listing a few of these. These words are known as Sight Words.
One cannot “sound out” sight words according to their visual pattern. The word “come” appears to be a “magic e” word, therefore the “o” would have a long vowel sound. If pronounced according to the rule, it would sound like “comb” The common phonic generalizations (rules) learned in beginning reading cannot be applied to the pronunciation of sight words.