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Avoid Common Spelling Errors 1

In this worksheet, students will revise common spelling errors and learn techniques to help improve their accuracy when writing.

'Avoid Common Spelling Errors 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Showing an examiner that you can spell correctly and avoid common spelling errors can really boost your overall grade. Here are some of the common confusions and a few ways to help you remember them.

 

Their/They're/There

 

Their is used for 'belonging to'.

For example: "That's their house."

 

They're is a contraction of the phrase 'they are'.

For example: "They're going to the beach."

 

People on a bus

 

There is used when you are referring to the location of something or, when the above examples do not apply.

For example: "Is there anybody there?" or "There is my jumper."

 

We're/Were/Wear/Where

 

We're is a contraction of the phrase 'we are'.

For example: "We're going to the beach."

 

Were is the past tense of 'are'.

For example: "We were sleeping."

You can check this is the right word by changing your sentence to the present tense and replacing it with 'are' to ensure it makes sense.

 

Wear usually refers to something you put on.

For example: "I'm going to wear a dress today."

 

A dress

 

Where is also used to refer to a location (just like there) or if the above examples do not apply. 

For example: "Where did I put my phone?"

 

Two/Too/To

 

Two refers to the number '2'.

 

The number two

 

Too has a couple of meanings. It can mean 'very'. The two 'o's at the end might remind you of this by making you think of something excessive.

For example: "The food is too spicy."

 

Too can mean 'also'.

For example: "He was handsome, clever and rich too."

 

To is used to show the direction or motion of something or when the above examples are not appropriate to use.

For example: "She went to the shops." or "He grew to six feet."

 

Know/No

Know means to understand or have knowledge of something.

For example: "I know the letters of the alphabet."

 

No is very simply the opposite of yes.

For example: "No, I don't agree."

Write a word ending in '-ere' that refers to a location.

Which are the correct contractions (shortened versions) of 'they are' and 'we are'?

 

Tick two boxes.

Theyre

They're

Were

We're

Match up the definitions with the correct spellings.

Column A

Column B

The number '2'
To
Can mean 'very' or 'also'
Too
Usually refers to a motion or direction
Two

Look at the following sentences. Can you identify any spelling mistakes?

 

 

 

Wear where you tonight? What sort of a dress is that to were outside the house while were here worrying our heads off?

Look at the sentence below. Fill the gap with 'there', 'their' or 'they're'. 

 

 

Wear where you tonight? What sort of a dress is that to were outside the house while were here worrying our heads off?

Which is the correct spelling of the word that means the opposite to 'yes'?

Now

Know

No

Look at the following sentence. Can you identify the common spelling confusions?

There not in they're house because their out in the park over their.

Identify the spelling mistake in this sentence and write the correct word in the box below.

 

'I no lots of common spelling confusions now.'

The spelling mistakes in the sentence below have been written in bold. Can you rewrite them with the correct spelling?

 

Their wear to many people in the swimming pool.

Identify the spelling mistake in this sentence and write the correct word in the box below.

 

I don't know what to wear too the party.

  • Question 1

Write a word ending in '-ere' that refers to a location.

CORRECT ANSWER
Here
There
Where
EDDIE SAYS
'Where', 'there' and 'here' all end in '-ere' and refer to a position or location. Is this becoming less daunting?
  • Question 2

Which are the correct contractions (shortened versions) of 'they are' and 'we are'?

 

Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
They're
We're
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot both of these words? The apostrophe used in these shortened versions replaces the letters that have been missed out.
  • Question 3

Match up the definitions with the correct spellings.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

The number '2'
Two
Can mean 'very' or 'also'
Too
Usually refers to a motion or dir...
To
EDDIE SAYS
'To' can also be used when the other examples are not applicable e.g. 'It is five minutes to three'. Are you beginning to feel more confident?
  • Question 4

Look at the following sentences. Can you identify any spelling mistakes?

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Wear where you tonight? What sort of a dress is that to were outside the house while were here worrying our heads off?
EDDIE SAYS
Incorrect spellings in order: 'Wear' should be changed to 'where' (location of the person) 'Where' should be changed to 'were' (past tense of 'are') 'Were' should be 'wear' (clothing they have on) 'Were' should be 'we're' (a contraction of 'we are') Don't panic if you found this was difficult, we'll keep practising together.
  • Question 5

Look at the sentence below. Fill the gap with 'there', 'their' or 'they're'. 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The book belongs to the person so the correct spelling is 'their'.
  • Question 6

Which is the correct spelling of the word that means the opposite to 'yes'?

CORRECT ANSWER
No
EDDIE SAYS
'No' is correct. 'Know' is a verb related to knowledge and 'now' refers to the present moment. You're getting more confident with each question you attempt.
  • Question 7

Look at the following sentence. Can you identify the common spelling confusions?

CORRECT ANSWER
There not in they're house because their out in the park over their.
EDDIE SAYS
Spelling errors in order: 'There' should be 'they're' (the contraction of they are) 'They're' should be 'their' (the house belongs to them) 'Their' should be 'they're' (a contraction of they are) 'Their' should be 'there' (in reference to the location of the park).
  • Question 8

Identify the spelling mistake in this sentence and write the correct word in the box below.

 

'I no lots of common spelling confusions now.'

CORRECT ANSWER
know
EDDIE SAYS
The mistake was the word 'no'. The sentence was about knowledge, therefore the correct word is 'know'. How did you get on with this question?
  • Question 9

The spelling mistakes in the sentence below have been written in bold. Can you rewrite them with the correct spelling?

 

Their wear to many people in the swimming pool.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Spelling corrections in order: 'Their' should be rewritten as 'there' ('their' and 'they're' are not appropriate here) 'Wear' should be rewritten as 'were' (the past tense of 'are') 'To' should be rewritten as 'too' (meaning 'very' or 'a lot').
  • Question 10

Identify the spelling mistake in this sentence and write the correct word in the box below.

 

I don't know what to wear too the party.

CORRECT ANSWER
to
EDDIE SAYS
The mistake was the word 'too'. In this case, 'to' refers to a location: the party. Great focus, that’s another activity completed!
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