Introduced in This Cycle
Long vowels spelled CVCe: Decoding CVCe words with long /ā/
“like,” “they,” “are,” “make”
Cycle Word List
In this cycle, students are introduced to another spelling pattern for long vowel sounds: “silent e” (CVCe). Because this is the first of four cycles that work with this pattern, the focus in this cycle is on one-syllable words. The cycle begins with words without consonant blends, then moves to words with consonant blends. It is an “’a’ heavy” cycle, in that most words are “a_e,” although the pattern is applied to other vowels as well. One-syllable words with easy suffixes (example: “-s”) that do not require dropping the “e” are used. The rule about adding a vowel suffix to a silent “-e” word (where the “e” must be dropped as in “bake” to “baking” or “baked”) is offered as an extension, but is introduced explicitly later in the module. For the full cycle overview with word list, Cycle-at-a-Glance, and teaching notes, download the cycle overview.