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  Irregular spellings
Updated 30 May 2003, 15.30

Learning aims
  • Know and apply a way of learning and remembering irregular spellings

Introduction
Read through with the class the story

Ask the class:

  • What's special about the spelling of the words "chlorine" and "asthma"?

  • How would you explain the way you learn words with irregular spellings?
Explain that some words contain letters that you can't hear when you say the word, but that are there when you write the word.

There are no rules, you just have to learn them.

Ask students for other words that have irregular spellings:

  • yacht
  • graffiti
  • scissors
  • knot
Practising the spellings of words with irregular spellings can make spelling easier.

Follow this pattern:

  • Look at the word

  • Say it aloud

  • Cover the word up

  • Write the word down

  • Check to see if you've spelt it correctly

Main activity
Set an irregular spelling poetry challenge.

Pick a selection of words with irregular spellings and get students to write a short poem containing some of the words.

Crossword and wordsearch
Crossword and wordsearch

Extension activity
Students can use squared paper to devise their own crossword puzzles or wordsearches using words containing irregular spellings as the answers.

Plenary
Check the class' understanding of the concept of look, say, cover, write, check.

Students share their poems and members of the class point out the words that contain silent letters.

Students could also swap crosswords and solve them.


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