5 – Minute Spelling Quiz (and improvement)
Today we have a two – minute spelling test, and a four – minute explanation of these difficult words! So, don’t scroll down yet, and make sure you are listening to the audio!
Either take a pen and paper, or write a ‘note’ on your computer somewhere. Write down the words as I say them. If you aren’t sure how to spell a word, just try your best…
Read this after you have written the ten words.
Perhaps you noticed a common theme among the words given to spell – double consonants. Now, check the proper spellings below, and give yourself a mark out of ten.
How many did you get right? Which ones did you get wrong?
(2) follows the CVC rule which says that with a single-syllable word, like big, put, or drop (as above), will have a double consonant if the last three letters are Consonant Vowel Consonant. Eating doesn’t need a double consonant, because eat is not CVC. For more on CVC, see here.
(5) and (9) don’t follow the CVC rule because they aren’t single-syllable. With multi-syllable words, concentrate on where the accent is. If the stress is on the first syllable, (visit), then you won’t need a double consonant. If the stress is on the second syllable (begin) then you will need a double-consonant when adding the suffix.
Listen – stress on first syllable – Listening – no double n.
Prefer – stress on second syllable – Preferred – double r.
(3), (4), (5), (7), (8) and (10), all follow a rule about short and long vowels. Again, you have to know the pronunciation of the word. If a vowel gives a long sound, it is generally followed by a single consonant, but if a vowel gives a short sound, it is followed by a double consonant.
Diner – long /i/ sound – single consonant
Dinner – short /i/ sound – double consonant
If accommodation didn’t have double consonants, it could be pronounced ‘acomodation‘.
Beware – there are some double-letters in English that don’t follow obvious rules. English is a very mixed language – it’s roots are Germanic, but it has been very heavily influenced by Latin and Nordic languages. This has left it with many unexplainable characteristics!
Do you feel comfortable with double-consonants? Which ones do you still not understand? If we can help, let us know!