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Lean to use the “magic e”

The “magic” e comes at the end of a word that ends in a single vowel and a single consonant (for example: ripe. There is a single vowel, i, before a single consonant, p, and then the “magic” e). This e at the end is “magical” because it changes the vowel sound. In these words, the first vowel “says its name” (sounds like its name). And of course, the “magic” e changes the meaning of the word: nod-node fat-fate rip-ripe mop-mope can-cane us-use sit-site


Crazy Polygons is a fun card game that helps young learners become more confident with reading words that contain the “magic e,” also known as the “silent e”.


Deal 5 cards one at a time, face down, beginning with the player to the left. The rest of the cards are then stacked face-down on table. The dealer turns up the top card and places it in the center of the table. This card is the “starter.” If a Crazy Polygons card is turned, it is buried in the middle of the pack and the next card is turned.

The Play Starting to the dealer’s left, each player must place one card face up on the starter pile. Each card played (other than the Crazy Polygons cards) must have the same sound, color or shape as that matches the card on the top of the pile.


If a short vowel word with an O as the vowel is the starter, any short vowel word with an O as the vowel may be played on it. TOT, POT, NOT can be placed on top of HOT.

If a long (magic) vowel word with an O as the vowel is the starter, any long vowel word with an O as the vowel may be played on it. TOTE, MOTE, NOPE can be placed on top of HOPE.

If the shape of the starter is a triangle, any cards with triangles may be played on it.

If unable to play, cards are drawn from the top of the stock until a play is possible, or until the stock is exhausted. If unable to play when the stock is exhausted, the player must pass. A player may draw from the stock, even though there may be a playable card in the player’s hand.

All Crazy Polygon cards are wild! They may be played at any time in turn, and the player need only specify a color or a shape for it. Beginners who are learning to read can just say the color of the shape:

pink, purple, red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.

The players who have no trouble reading should say the name of the shape:

triangle, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, and nonagon.

The next player must play either a card of the specified suit or a Crazy Polygon.


The goal is to be the first player to get rid of all the cards in your hand.


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