Silent E Word Lists

Silent E Word Lists


Purpose: Decoding practice without picture clues


  • Asking a student to practice a Silent E word list card and then read it to you is a good assessment of the student’s decoding skill.

  • The student should be asked to return to these Silent E word lists even when he has moved on to other, more advanced word clusters. Expect to see progress over time in the speed and accuracy with which the student decodes these words.

  • With enough repetition and practice, you will see students begin to call out words automatically without “sounding out” each letter.
  • Automatic word recognition will begin to happen naturally when students are given enough decoding practice.