Some people call this group of sounds the Magic E group, because the e is silent, and yet indicative. In this instance, the e tells you the sound the the a is going to make. Every single time in this family of sounds, the e tells you that the preceding vowel says its own name.
So, we here today are learning that the e tells us that a says “A.”
Here’s the binder card:
I’ll quote myself from my first post on this subject, since I cannot improve upon it:
I find that using two colors here really helps illustrate what is going on in the word. The e is modifying the sound of the a, and this happens regardless of which consonant is present. That is why the consonant is in black.
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