Cycle 15

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.