CVCE Words

Our CVCE Words charts, worksheets, drills, printables, flashcards (coming soon!), games, and assessments are the perfect resource for early learners to gain and improve upon phonics skills and early literacy concepts. We’ve compiled an assortment of amazing resources that you can use to educate your kindergarten through third-grade students to read at no cost to you. If you’re seeking a more comprehensive, premeditated curriculum, you should check out our Kindergarten Reading Curriculum for a full 36-week curriculum encompassing kindergarten phonics, sight words, grammar, and writing, as well as additional subjects.

What are Examples of CVCE Words?

CVCE words are a special type of words that follow a specific pattern in the English language. CVCE stands for Consonant-Vowel-Consonant-E (E representing a silent or “magic” e). These words have a long vowel sound that is produced by the silent or “magic” e at the end of the word.

For example, the word “can” is a CVC word because it has a consonant-vowel-consonant pattern and the vowel sound is short. However, when we add a silent e at the end of the word, it becomes a CVCE word and the vowel sound becomes long, as in the word “cane.”

Other examples of CVCE words include “bike,” “dine,” “hope,” “rule,” and “tune.” These words are important for early readers to learn because they help them understand the relationship between letters and sounds while reading and writing the English language.

Looking for more reading resources to challenge your students and broaden their reading skills phonetically? Check out our vowel resources page!

How to Teach CVCE Words?

Teaching CVCE words to students in elementary school, including kindergarten, can be done in many fun and engaging ways. Here are some tips on how to teach CVCE words:

  • Introduce the concept of CVCE words by explaining to the students that CVCE words are words that follow a specific pattern, with a consonant, vowel, consonant, and a silent or “magic” e at the end that makes the vowel sound long.
  • Use visual aids like flashcards or pictures of CVCE words to help students visualize the pattern and understand the concept.
  • Practice with word families to help students understand the pattern and recognize similar-sounding words. For example, words like “cake,” “rake,” and “bake” all follow the CVCE pattern and have a long “a” sound.
  • Play games to engage students. Use games like CVCE word bingo, word-matching puzzles, and word-building activities to help them practice recognizing and building CVCE words.
  • Read books! Using books that contain CVCE words to help students recognize the pattern in context, it will encourage students to identify and read aloud the CVCE words they find in a text.
  • Practice their writing skills! Encourage students to practice writing CVCE words by tracing, copying, and writing them on their own.

By using these tips, teaching CVCE words to kids can be an enjoyable and effective learning experience that helps them develop their reading and writing skills.

CVCE Words List

Free CVCE Words Lists teach reading to preschool, kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade students. These Long Vowels Word Lists help your child develop their reading skills by using our full-size word lists to teach them how to read CVCE words. 

CVCE Words Worksheets

Our CVCE Word Worksheets are the perfect tool for early elementary students learning about silent “e” reading phonics and long vowels! These worksheets are designed to engage young learners with a variety of fun cut-and-paste, write-and-spell, and rhyming activities that reinforce their understanding of CVCE words.

CVCE Word Flashcards

Help your students learn about the different letter sounds, as well as word formations and patterns. This pack includes five different sets of CVCE words for students to read.

What’s the Difference Between CVC and CVCE Words?

CVC words are words that follow a consonant-vowel-consonant pattern, with a short vowel sound. Examples of CVC words include “cat,” “dog,” and “pig.”

CVCE words, on the other hand, follow a consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e pattern, with a long vowel sound. The silent “magic” e at the end of the word changes the sound of the vowel. Examples of CVCE words include “cake,” “bike,” and “tune.”

The silent “magic” e in CVCE words is not pronounced, but it changes the pronunciation of the vowel sound in the word. This is why CVCE words are important for early readers to learn, as they help them understand the relationship between letters and sounds in English.

Tools For Teaching CVCE Words

There are many tools that can be used to teach CVCE words to students. Just remember, the more hands-on and interactive you make your lessons, the more your students will remember and “get” the information. Think about using a variety of manipulatives and resources to create these highly engaging activities. These manipulatives can be very simple or even a little more detailed.

  • Alphabet Magnets
  • Alphabet Cookie Cutters
  • Letter Tiles
  • Alphabet Snap Cubes
  • Flashcards
  • Games
  • Alphabet Dice

CVCE Words

Here’s a comprehensive list of CVCE words you can copy and print if you choose. We have organized these lists by long vowel sounds.

Long A Word List

ace: face, lace, race, space, trace
-ade: wade, blade, grade, shade, spade
-age: cage, page, stage
-ake: bake, cake, lake, rake, take, wake, brake, flake, shake, snake
-ale: male, scale, whale
-ame: game, same, tame, flame, frame
-ane: cane, lane, mane, pane, crane, plane
-ape: cape, tape, grape, shape
-ase: base, case, chase. 
-ate: date, gate, late, crate, plate, skate 
-ave: cave, gave, save, wave, brave, shave

Long E Word List

-eme: deme, feme, heme, seme, meme
-ere: here, mere, shore, spere, stere, shere
-ete: athlete, mete, Pete

Long I Word List

-ice: dice, lice, mice, nice, rice, price, slice, spice
-ide: hide, ride, side, wide, bride, glide, slide
-ike: bike, hike, spike, trike
-ile: file, pile, tile, smile
-ime: dime, lime, time, slime
-ine: line, mine, nine, pine, vine, shine, spine
-ipe: pipe, ripe, wipe, swipe
-ite: bite, kite, site, white, write
-ive: dive, five, hive, drive

Long O Word List

-oke: joke, poke, woke, broke, smoke, spoke
-oke: hole, mole, pole, sole, stole
-one: bone, cone, zone, stone
-ose: hose, nose, rose, close
-ote: note, vote, wrote
-ove: dove, clove, drove, stove

Long U Word List

-ule: mule, rule, yule, capsule
-une: dune, June, tune, prune
ute: cute, mute, brute, flute
-ume: plume, fume, costume, blume, brume
-ube: cube, tube, lube, rube, jube
-uke: duke, Luke, cuke, nuke, puke

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