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Tricks For Spelling Difficult Words

In this worksheet, students learn some helpful tricks to help them spell difficult or irregular words.

'Tricks For Spelling Difficult Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:  Spelling Awareness (use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling)

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A mnemonic is something that helps us remember things.

For example, some people use the first letters of the saying 'Richard of York gained battle in vain' to help them remember the colours of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).

 

Mnemonics can be very helpful when we are trying to spell difficult words.

'Big elephants can always understand small elephants' is a well-known mnemonic for spelling 'because', but there are many others, too.

 

In this worksheet you can practise using mnemonics to help with spellings, but you can also make up your own mnemonics. A good mnemonic can be anything that helps you remember what you need to remember!

People often muddle up the words desert and dessert.

 

See if the following mnemonic helps you match up the words with the correct definitions.

 

'The sweet one has two sugars.'

Column A

Column B

Desert
A dry area of land, often covered by sand
Dessert
A sweet pudding

Use this mnemonic to help you choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the sentence.

 

I am looking for __________ for two cats, two mice and one dog.

Accomodation

Acommodation

Accommodation

Now try this one!

 

Liam went to the Houses of __________.

Parliment

Parlament

Parliament

Here is another word that often causes problems with spellings.

 

A __________ is there to the end.

Friend

Freind

Try this one.

 

A good __________ can keep a secret.

Secratary

Secretary

Many people muddle up the words 'affect' and 'effect', forgetting which one is the verb and which one the noun. This mnemonic might help.

 

'Affect is the action - effect is the result.'

 

Choose the correct spelling to complete the following sentence.

 

Coming top in the competition had a great __________ on Sunita's self-confidence.

Affect

Effect

See if you can work out this mnemonic.

 

It is __________ for a shirt to have one collar and two sleeves.

Necesary

Neccessary

Necessary

This one isn't very pleasant, but it helps with spelling a very difficult word!

 

'Dash in a real rush: hurry, oexpect accidents!'

Diarhea

Diarrhoea

Diarhoea

This is another word where it is hard to remember which letters to double.

 

'Two rosy cheeks and two scarlet cheeks.'

Embarass

Embarras

Embarrass

Try this one.

 

There is a rat in __________.

Separate

Seperate

  • Question 1

People often muddle up the words desert and dessert.

 

See if the following mnemonic helps you match up the words with the correct definitions.

 

'The sweet one has two sugars.'

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Desert
A dry area of land, often covered...
Dessert
A sweet pudding
EDDIE SAYS
The two sugars are the double 's' in 'dessert'.
  • Question 2

Use this mnemonic to help you choose the correct spelling of the missing word in the sentence.

 

I am looking for __________ for two cats, two mice and one dog.

CORRECT ANSWER
Accommodation
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! The two cats are the double 'c', the two mice are the double 'm' and the one dog is the single 'd'.
  • Question 3

Now try this one!

 

Liam went to the Houses of __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
Parliament
EDDIE SAYS
'Parliament' has the word 'liam' inside it. Hope these are helping!
  • Question 4

Here is another word that often causes problems with spellings.

 

A __________ is there to the end.

CORRECT ANSWER
Friend
EDDIE SAYS
High five! The word 'friend' ends with the word 'end'.
  • Question 5

Try this one.

 

A good __________ can keep a secret.

CORRECT ANSWER
Secretary
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'secret' is at the beginning of 'secretary'.
  • Question 6

Many people muddle up the words 'affect' and 'effect', forgetting which one is the verb and which one the noun. This mnemonic might help.

 

'Affect is the action - effect is the result.'

 

Choose the correct spelling to complete the following sentence.

 

Coming top in the competition had a great __________ on Sunita's self-confidence.

CORRECT ANSWER
Effect
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? All these ideas are there to help you try to remember the spelling of difficult words.
  • Question 7

See if you can work out this mnemonic.

 

It is __________ for a shirt to have one collar and two sleeves.

CORRECT ANSWER
Necessary
EDDIE SAYS
The collar is the single 'c', and the two sleeves are the double 's'.
  • Question 8

This one isn't very pleasant, but it helps with spelling a very difficult word!

 

'Dash in a real rush: hurry, oexpect accidents!'

CORRECT ANSWER
Diarrhoea
EDDIE SAYS
Super work! This is a funny one to help you remember!
  • Question 9

This is another word where it is hard to remember which letters to double.

 

'Two rosy cheeks and two scarlet cheeks.'

CORRECT ANSWER
Embarrass
EDDIE SAYS
Have you got the hang of this now? Double 'r' and double 's'.
  • Question 10

Try this one.

 

There is a rat in __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
Separate
EDDIE SAYS
Amazing effort! The 'rat' is in the middle of the word.
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