For kids just learning about silent e, long vowels may seem a little “alien.” My kids love all things that have to do with outer space so we decided to explore the world of CVCe words with this super fun and free Space Themed Silent E Game. Your early learners will love the colorful gameboard and the fun space themed CVCe word pieces!
*Pair with our CVCe Word Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Space Themed Silent E Game
My kids have been asking me about aliens lately, so they came to mind when I thought about making a silent e phonics activity.
But, one of my twins has let her imagination go wild lately when it comes to extraterrestrials. She loved everything that had anything to do with space, and last year in Kindergarten said she wanted to be an astronaut when she grows up. Then she read a book at school that mentioned aliens and that all changed.
She hasn’t wanted anything to do with space until I showed her this fun gameboard. I made a point of pointing out the smiling green faces, and suddenly she was eager to play. Hooray for small victories!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Printable Space Themed Gameboard and Silent e Word Cards (download below)
- Dice or Spinner
- Game pieces – any small manipulative works great!
How to Prep and Play
After printing the gameboard and word cards, cut apart the word cards and place them in a stack face down. The cards each have two words on them. One is a CVC (short vowel) word, and one is a CVCe (silent e) word. Players will read the CVCe word whenever they land on an alien.
Tip: Laminate the gameboard and word cards for durability and tons more space fun in the future!
Add some extra fun by explaining to the kids that silent e words are so different from short vowel words, that they’re like “aliens.”
Here’s how we play:
- Roll a die or spin on your spinner, and move that many spaces on the gameboard.
- Draw a word card. If you landed on an alien, read the “alien e” word (also known as silent e or magic e). If you landed on a planet, asteroid, or star, read the short vowel word.
- Take turns and continue moving around the board. Each player chooses which way to go around the loop.
- The first player to return to the start is the winner!
I hope your kids enjoy this silent e game as much as my kids did. You can use it as part of a space unit or as an engaging literacy center game!
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