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Silent Letters – Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | Grades: 2 - 3

Identify missing silent letters in words with this set of 20 task cards and letter tiles.

Spelling Words With Silent Consonants 

Are letters suddenly “ghosting” your students’ vocabulary words? 👻

It sounds like your readers have discovered a new challenge: 

Silent letters! 

This activity will challenge students’ phonological awareness skills and prepare them to decode words with silent letters.  

Players will take turns choosing a word card. They will say the word and break it into its phonemes. When the player determines the missing sound for the word in the picture, they’ll select the matching letter and place it inside the box to complete the word (i.e., 👻 g_ost + h = ghost). Then, they will blend the phonemes to read the word. 

The letter tiles are sized for small hands, and the half-page task cards make it easier to identify and decode each letter sound. 

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to put the words in alphabetical order after all cards are complete. 

If students need a visual cue to help identify the missing letters, they can look at reminder tools like an alphabet display or desk plate. 

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here »

Plus More Ways To Learn Words With Silent Consonants

We created this resource for your reading center as an independent practice activity. You can also use it for small group and full-class instruction through scoot activities, lesson reviews, comprehension assessments, and more! We suggest these: 

🛴 Scoot Activity

Place each of the picture cards around the room. Ask students to stand up and rotate through each of the cards (individually or in pairs), writing the missing silent letter for each word or the whole word—depending on proficiency—on a separate sheet of numbered paper. 

NOTE: We suggest printing a second set of cards for this activity that you can number.

👯 Match Me If You Can

In your guided reading group, divide the letter cards amongst students. Show players a task card and have them say the word as a group. The student (or students) who has the missing letter lays it down face up. The first person to have all their letters face up wins.

👉  Knock Off

Have your students stand up and make a line across the room. Project a task card on the screen and use our Random Name Picker widget to draw a student’s name identify the missing letter. If they answer correctly, they tap the person on their left or right to send them back to their seat. If the student answers the card incorrectly, they must sit out. Play continues until only 1 student is standing.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

This resource was created in collaboration with Heather Chambers, a teacher in Texas and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

Your silent letter lesson planning is complete with these additional teaching resources and activities: 

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Silent Letters PowerPoint

A 24-slide editable PowerPoint presentation about silent letters.

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