1. Mark the first vowel letter in each of the following words 'v'. Then mark the next two letters either 'v' or 'c'. If you get to the end of the word before you reach the second letter after the vowel, use the hashtag sign, # .In words that end ‘vc#’ mark the letter in front of the 'v' either 'v' or 'c':
gypcvc#dievv#tripcvc#tiny vcvfrog cvc#sue vv#bottom vcctree vv#tievv#toevv#centervcccages vcvtricky vccshoevv#joked vcvhuman vcvcutcvc#sniff vccblinked vccknockvcc
2. You should have found four different patterns of v's and c's:
Six words contain the pattern VCC.
Six words contain the pattern VV#.
Four words contain the pattern VCV.
Four words contain the pattern CVC#
3. In the pattern VCC is the vowel long or is it short? short. In the pattern CVC# the vowel is also short. But in the pattern VCV the first vowel is long.
4. In the words with the pattern VV# the second vowel is always the same letter. That letter is <e>.
Because these words all have <e> for the second vowel, we can call the pattern the Ve# pattern.
5. Now sort the words into the following matrix:
||Words with VCC:
||Words with VCV:
||Words with CVC#:
||Words with Ve#:
|Words with short vowels:
|Words with long vowels:
6. In the CVC# pattern the vowel is short, but in the Ve# pattern the first vowel is long.
This Find is shaped the way it is because it contains twenty-one words that all end in the pattern Ve#. As you find them, sort them into the boxes below. If you don’t find all twenty-one, do not fret too much, for some of them are tricky. If you get more than twelve, you have done well. If you get more than eighteen, you have done very well.
Among these words three spellings of [ē] in the pattern Ve# are <ee>, <ie>, and <ae>.
Two spellings of [ī] in the pattern Ve# are <ie> and <ye>.
Two spellings of [ū] in the pattern Ve# are <ue> and <oe>.
Word Find. The Ve# ending in sundae has two pronunciations: [ē] and [ā]. The only two known words in which [ū] is spelled <oe> are shoe and canoe. ū? For more on these two words, see AES, p. 293.