Spell Two-Syllable Words Containing Adjacent Conso...
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  • Introduction
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Have you ever wondered why the word writing has one 't' in the middle but the word written has two 't's?

 

In writing the first 'i' is long, like the 'i' in kite, so there is only one 't', but in written the 'i' is short, like the 'i' in hit, so there are two 't's.

 

The rule for most words is:

short vowel sound = double consonant

long vowel sound = single consonant

Is it beettle or beetle?

 

The 'ee' sound is long, like the 'ee' in meet, so only a single 't' is needed. The correct spelling is beetle.

  • Question 1
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Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

Jack's new dog is a __________.

 

Think: Is the 'oo' a long or a short vowel sound?

poodle

pooddle

  • Question 2
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Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

 

Jonny put his head down on the __________ and went to sleep.

 

Think: Is the 'i' a long or a short vowel sound?

pilow

pillow

  • Question 3
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Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

Jamie used to __________ a lot when he first learnt to ride a bicycle.

 

Think: Is it a long or a short 'o' sound?

wobble

woble

  • Question 4
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Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

The church had a very tall __________.

steepple

steeple

  • Question 5
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Choose the correct spelling to complete the sentence.

When the boy started playing his __________ everybody got up to dance.

fiddle

fidle

  • Question 6
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For the next five questions you need to write the missing word in the box.

 

To make it a little easier, all the words end in -le.

 

The horse had a __________ on its back.

 

Think: Is it a long or a short vowel?

  • Question 7
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Write the missing word in the box.

The clown was able to __________ four balls without dropping them.

 

Think: Is it a long or a short vowel?

  • Question 8
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Write the missing word in the box.

If you use a very sharp __________ you might hurt yourself.

  • Question 9
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Write the missing word in the box.

The jigsaw __________ had 100 pieces.

  • Question 10
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Write the missing word in the box.

There was a basket of fruit on the __________.

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