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Long E Sound, List of Long E Words and Worksheets

When you hear the long E sound, it can be spelled several ways. The long E sound can be represented in 2 vowel teams (“ea” and “ee”), an irregular vowel team (“ie”), the open syllable rule, e.g., me, and “Y” as a vowel at the end of a word, e.g. bunny.

5 Ways to Spell the Long E Sound

  1. Vowel Team – EE
  2. The vowel team rule states that when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking. The combination of two e’s (double vowels) results in the long e sound. There are many EE words.

  3. Vowel Team – EA
  4. The combination of both an “e” and “a” (double vowels) also results in the long e sound. Similar to the ee words, there are many EA words that make the long e sound.

  5. Irregular Vowel Team – IE
  6. The vowel team rule states when two vowels go walking the first does the talking and the second vowel is silent. Like most things in life, there are exceptions. The combination of the vowels “i” and “e” can result in the long e sound, e.g., achieve, belief, chief, field, priest, piece and siege.

  7. Open Syllable Rule – Long E
  8. An open syllable occurs when a vowel is at the end of the syllable (it is not closed by a consonant). We provided examples below.

    • Initial Sound – emit, evil, even and eclipse
    • Medial Sound – area, really, female and legal
    • Final Sound – be, he, she & we

  9. Y as a Vowel
  10. The letter Y as a Vowel is more common than Y as a consonant. When the letter “y” is at the end of word, it sometimes makes the long e sound, e.g., baby, candy, family and city. Y as a vowel at the end of a word can also make the long i sound, e.g., my, cry.

Long E Words

The table below contains over 275 long E words. They are categorized into one of the five ways to spell the long e sound as discussed above – Vowel Teams (2), Irregular Vowel Team, Open Syllable Rule and Y as a Vowel.

Long E Words
Word Family / Sound
achieveIrregular Vowel Team - IE-
anyY as a Vowelfinal
areaOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
babyY as a Vowelfinal
beOpen Syllable Rulefinal sound
beachVowel Team - EA-each
beadVowel Team - EA-ead
beakVowel Team - EA-eak
beamVowel Team - EA-eam
beanVowel Team - EA-ean
beastVowel Team - EA-east
beatVowel Team - EA-eat
beeVowel Team - EE-ee
beechVowel Team - EE-eech
beepVowel Team - EE-eep
beerVowel Team - EE-eer
beetVowel Team - EE-eet
beingOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
beliefIrregular Vowel Team - IE-ief
believeIrregular Vowel Team - IE-
bleachVowel Team - EA-each
bleakVowel Team - EA-eak
bleatVowel Team - EA-eat
bleedVowel Team - EE-eed
bodyY as a Vowelfinal
breachVowel Team - EA-each
breechVowel Team - EE-eech
breedVowel Team - EE-eed
breezeVowel Team - EE-eeze
briefIrregular Vowel Team - IE-ief
bunnyY as a Vowelfinal
candyY as a Vowelfinal
cedarOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
cheapVowel Team - EA-eap
cheatVowel Team - EA-eat
cheekVowel Team - EE-eek
cheepVowel Team - EE-eep
chiefIrregular Vowel Team - IE-ief
cityY as a Vowelfinal
cleanVowel Team - EA-ean
clearVowel Team - EA-ear
cleatVowel Team - EA-eat
cleaveVowel Team - EA-eave
copyY as a Vowelfinal
countryY as a Vowelfinal
creakVowel Team - EA-eak
creamVowel Team - EA-eam
creedVowel Team - EE-eed
creekVowel Team - EE-eek
creelVowel Team - EE-eel
creepVowel Team - EE-eep
daddyY as a Vowelfinal
dealVowel Team - EA-eal
deanVowel Team - EA-ean
dearVowel Team - EA-ear
deedVowel Team - EE-eed
deemVowel Team - EE-eem
deepVowel Team - EE-eep
deerVowel Team - EE-eer
demonOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
depotOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
dreamVowel Team - EA-eam
earlyY as a Vowelfinal
easyY as a Vowelfinal
eclipseOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
ecologyOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
edictOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
EgyptianOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
e-mailOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
emissionOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
emitOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
energyY as a Vowelfinal
enunciateOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
equalOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
equatorOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
equinoxOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
etherOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
evenOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
eveningOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
everyY as a Vowelfinal
evilOpen Syllable Ruleinitial sound
familyY as a Vowelfinal
fearVowel Team - EA-ear
feastVowel Team - EA-east
featVowel Team - EA-eat
feeVowel Team - EE-ee
feedVowel Team - EE-eed
feelVowel Team - EE-eel
feetVowel Team - EE-eet
femaleOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
fieldIrregular Vowel Team - IE-ield
fleaVowel Team - EA-ea
fleeVowel Team - EE-ee
fleetVowel Team - EE-eet
freakVowel Team - EA-eak
freeVowel Team - EE-ee
freedVowel Team - EE-eed
freezeVowel Team - EE-eeze
funnyY as a Vowelfinal
gearVowel Team - EA-ear
gleamVowel Team - EA-eam
gleanVowel Team - EA-ean
gleeVowel Team - EE-ee
greedVowel Team - EE-eed
GreekVowel Team - EE-eek
greenVowel Team - EE-een
greetVowel Team - EE-eet
griefIrregular Vowel Team - IE-ief
happyY as a Vowelfinal
heOpen Syllable Rulefinal sound
healVowel Team - EA-eal
heapVowel Team - EA-eap
hearVowel Team - EA-ear
heatVowel Team - EA-eat
heaveVowel Team - EA-eave
heavyY as a Vowelfinal
heedVowel Team - EE-eed
heelVowel Team - EE-eel
JeanVowel Team - EA-ean
JeepVowel Team - EE-eep
jeerVowel Team - EE-eer
keelVowel Team - EE-eel
keenVowel Team - EE-een
keepVowel Team - EE-eep
kneadVowel Team - EA-ead
kneeVowel Team - EE-ee
kneedVowel Team - EE-eed
ladyY as a Vowelfinal
leachVowel Team - EA-each
leadVowel Team - EA-ead
leakVowel Team - EA-eak
leanVowel Team - EA-ean
leapVowel Team - EA-eap
leastVowel Team - EA-east
leaveVowel Team - EA-eave
LeeVowel Team - EE-ee
leechVowel Team - EE-eech
leekVowel Team - EE-eek
leerVowel Team - EE-eer
legalOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
manyY as a Vowelfinal
maybeOpen Syllable Rulefinal sound
meOpen Syllable Rulefinal sound
mealVowel Team - EA-eal
meanVowel Team - EA-ean
meatVowel Team - EA-eat
meekVowel Team - EE-eek
meetVowel Team - EE-eet
meterOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
mommyY as a Vowelfinal
moneyY as a Vowelfinal
museumOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
nearVowel Team - EA-ear
neatVowel Team - EA-eat
needVowel Team - EE-eed
nieceIrregular Vowel Team - IE-
onlyY as a Vowelfinal
peaVowel Team - EA-ea
peachVowel Team - EA-each
peakVowel Team - EA-eak
pealVowel Team - EA-eal
peatVowel Team - EA-eat
peekVowel Team - EE-eek
peelVowel Team - EE-eel
peepVowel Team - EE-eep
peerVowel Team - EE-eer
pennyY as a Vowelfinal
pieceIrregular Vowel Team - IE-
pleaVowel Team - EA-ea
pleadVowel Team - EA-ead
pleatVowel Team - EA-eat
preachVowel Team - EA-each
preenVowel Team - EE-een
prefixOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
prettyY as a Vowelfinal
priestIrregular Vowel Team - IE-
puppyY as a Vowelfinal
queenVowel Team - EE-een
queerVowel Team - EE-eer
quicklyY as a Vowelfinal
reachVowel Team - EA-each
reactOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
readVowel Team - EA-ead
readyY as a Vowelfinal
realVowel Team - EA-eal
reallyOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
reallyY as a Vowelfinal
reamVowel Team - EA-eam
reapVowel Team - EA-eap
rearVowel Team - EA-ear
recentOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
recycleOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
reedVowel Team - EE-eed
reekVowel Team - EE-eek
reelVowel Team - EE-eel
reliefIrregular Vowel Team - IE-ief
sandyY as a Vowelfinal
screamVowel Team - EA-eam
screechVowel Team - EE-eech
screenVowel Team - EE-een
seaVowel Team - EA-ea
sealVowel Team - EA-eal
seamVowel Team - EA-eam
searVowel Team - EA-ear
seatVowel Team - EA-eat
secretOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound
seeVowel Team - EE-ee
seedVowel Team - EE-eed
seekVowel Team - EE-eek
seemVowel Team - EE-eem
seenVowel Team - EE-een
seepVowel Team - EE-eep
seerVowel Team - EE-eer
sheOpen Syllable Rulefinal sound
shearVowel Team - EA-ear
sheaveVowel Team - EA-eave
sheenVowel Team - EE-een
sheepVowel Team - EE-eep
sheetVowel Team - EE-eet
shieldIrregular Vowel Team - IE-ield
siegeIrregular Vowel Team - IE-
skeetVowel Team - EE-eet
sleekVowel Team - EE-eek
sleepVowel Team - EE-eep
sleetVowel Team - EE-eet
smearVowel Team - EA-ear
sneakVowel Team - EA-eak
sneerVowel Team - EE-eer
sneezeVowel Team - EE-eeze
speakVowel Team - EA-eak
spearVowel Team - EA-ear
speechVowel Team - EE-eech
speedVowel Team - EE-eed
squeakVowel Team - EA-eak
squealVowel Team - EA-eal
squeezeVowel Team - EE-eeze
stealVowel Team - EA-eal
steamVowel Team - EA-eam
steedVowel Team - EE-eed
steelVowel Team - EE-eel
steepVowel Team - EE-eep
steerVowel Team - EE-eer
storyY as a Vowelfinal
streakVowel Team - EA-eak
streamVowel Team - EA-eam
streetVowel Team - EE-eet
studyY as a Vowelfinal
sunnyY as a Vowelfinal
sweepVowel Team - EE-eep
sweetVowel Team - EE-eet
teaVowel Team - EA-ea
teachVowel Team - EA-each
teakVowel Team - EA-eak
tealVowel Team - EA-eal
teamVowel Team - EA-eam
tearVowel Team - EA-ear
teeVowel Team - EE-ee
teemVowel Team - EE-eem
teenVowel Team - EE-een
thiefIrregular Vowel Team - IE-ief
threeVowel Team - EE-ee
treatVowel Team - EA-eat
treeVowel Team - EE-ee
treedVowel Team - EE-eed
tweakVowel Team - EA-eak
tweedVowel Team - EE-eed
tweetVowel Team - EE-eet
tweezeVowel Team - EE-eeze
usuallyY as a Vowelfinal
vealVowel Team - EA-eal
veryY as a Vowelfinal
weOpen Syllable Rulefinal sound
weakVowel Team - EA-eak
weanVowel Team - EA-ean
weaveVowel Team - EA-eave
weeVowel Team - EE-ee
weedVowel Team - EE-eed
weekVowel Team - EE-eek
weepVowel Team - EE-eep
wheatVowel Team - EA-eat
wheelVowel Team - EE-eel
wheezeVowel Team - EE-eeze
yearVowel Team - EA-ear
yeastVowel Team - EA-east
yieldIrregular Vowel Team - IE-ield
zealVowel Team - EA-eal
zebraOpen Syllable Rulemedial sound

Long E Worksheets

We created numerous long e worksheets to assist a child in learning the various ways the long E sound can be spelled. Our worksheets offer fun exercises to help a child learn in an entertaining environment.

Source: Fry, E.B., Ph.D. & Kress, J.E., Ed.D. (2006). The Reading
Teacher’s Book of Lists 5th Edition.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass

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  • Thank you! I was looking for a way to explain the difference in the graphemes ee aa and y and you hit the nail on the head! Very clear and great with the list of examples!

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  • I am a substitute teacher today and the class teacher wanted me to do long EE sounds. I found this site very helpful. Thank you.


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