Without a word, remind your students that Silent-E is, well, silent!
I created this icon when I found that even my advanced students would sometimes try to make Silent-E "talk" if their brain was not fully engaged in the work of spelling; i.e. lade for lady.
I do ask my students to check their spelling. I do let them know I see a word that is not quite right. But even with those excellent strategies, an unnecessary E might remain.
So instead of using my words--yet again--I simply whip out my Silent-E "No Talking" icon. I've used my little hand drawn version for months now. It's posted on a box of supplies on my desk, and when needed I simply place it in front of a student.
It's a great reminder for advanced students, who typically will look quite sheepish when it is placed in front of them. It's a fun reminder for younger students.
Pictures are a strong aid to memory for all learners, but particularly our visual-learners. This icon will help you teach your students that Silent-E has many jobs, but talking is not one of them.
By the way, my hand drawn version has a little tongue sticking out and one student thought it was cute to also add teeth. I was not able to reproduce those ideas in digital form, but don't hesitate to make this idea your own. Better yet, allow your students to add their own details. When students create their own picture, the memory effect is strengthened.
Enjoy and be creative!