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114+ Short E Words (Free Printable List)

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Learn all about the Short E sound following research-backed, Science of Reading-aligned best practices, and get a free printable list of 114 short e words, organized by word family.

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🍳 All About Short E

The letter E represents a vowel sound. It can be a long or short vowel sound. Short vowels are usually taught first to young learners, because they are the most common.

When the letter E represents a short sound, it will sound like /ĕ/ – the sound you hear at the beginning of egg, elf, and enter.

The short /ĕ/ sound is heard at the beginning or in the middle of a word within a closed syllable.

Some words with a short e sound are:

  • egg
  • edge
  • elephant
  • hen
  • bed
  • shell
  • speck
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Short E and Short I Confusion

The short e and short i sounds can be difficult for students to discern and differentiate.

Many students consistently confuse these two short vowels, so explicit instruction and targeted practice are needed to ensure kids master the sounds and letters.

Here are some ideas to use to help kids who may struggle with these sounds!

  • Use a mirror to show kids their mouth placement as they make the sound. Having a sound wall within view is important so kids can refer to it often.
  • Use keywords and hand motions to link the sounds. Our phonogram cards use e – egg – /e/ and i – igloo – /i/.
  • Incorporate vowel intensives as an instructional practice. This involves the teacher dictating the sound and having kids write the letter that represents this sound. Once kids can do this, teachers can make it a bit more challenging and dictate words or nonsense syllables, then have kids identify the vowel sound within the word.

Short E Words List

Below is an extensive word list of short e words, organized by word family.

Note: Words included on this list are all one-syllable words, and include CVC words and words with blends and digraphs, floss words, and soft sounds.

🖨️ Download the printable list FREE at the bottom of this post!

-ed Words


-eg Words


-em Words


-en Words


-ep Words


-et Words


-ex Words

*Visit our post on Letter X and learn a better way to teach it!

-eck Words


-ell Words


-est Words


-end Words


-ent Words


Other Words


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