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The 'l' spellings, including 'le' and 'el'

I can spell words containing the representations of the ‘l’ phoneme: 'le' and 'el'.

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Year 2

The 'l' spellings, including 'le' and 'el'

I can spell words containing the representations of the ‘l’ phoneme: 'le' and 'el'.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. The 'll' representation of the 'l' sound is often found after short vowels in single syllable words.
  2. The 'el' and 'le' representations are usually found in polysyllabic words.
  3. The 'el' spelling is much less common than 'le'.
  4. The 'el' spelling is often used after 'm', 'n', 'r', 's', 'v' and 'w'.
  5. How to spell the common exception words: child and children.

Common misconception

Children may think that the vowel sound preceding the 'l' will always determine the spelling.

Showing examples of incorrect use of 'el' and 'le' alongside the correct can be very useful for children to spot the correct spelling.

Keywords

  • Short vowel - a vowel sound that sounds short when spoken like "a" in "cat" or the "o" sound in "hot"

  • Syllable - a single sound or beat in a word that contains a vowel sound

  • Polysyllabic - describes a word that has more than one syllable

Ensure children know the meaning of all the words you encounter within the lesson in order to help them to contextualise the spellings.
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6 Questions

Q1.
Choose the correct spelling to complete this sentence: Her __________ filled the room.
larf
Correct answer: laugh
laff
laf
Q2.
Choose the correct spelling to complete this sentence: The bird lived in a...
caj
caje
Correct answer: cage
caij
Q3.
Which of these words contain the 'l' sound?
Correct answer: lose
item
Correct answer: drill
bar
Q4.
Choose the representation of the 'l' sound that matches the words.
Correct Answer:hill,ll

ll

Correct Answer:slope,l

l

Correct Answer:table,le

le

Correct Answer:tunnel,el

el

Q5.
What kind of sound is the 'l' sound?
vowel
Correct answer: consonant
short vowel
long vowel
Q6.
What is a homophone?
The smallest unit of sound in a word.
A letter, or group of letters, that represent a phoneme.
Correct answer: A word that sounds the same as another but has a different spelling and meaning.

6 Questions

Q1.
Choose the correct spelling to complete this sentence: The __________ played in the park.
Correct answer: child
chilled
chiled
chyld
Q2.
Choose the correct spelling to complete this sentence: The __________ are playing in the yard.
childrin
childran
Correct answer: children
chidren
Q3.
Which words contain the 'le' spelling of the 'l' sound?
Correct answer: little
cruel
Correct answer: juggle
model
Q4.
Choose the representation of the 'l' sound that matches the words.
Correct Answer:jewel,el

el

Correct Answer:bottle,le

le

Correct Answer:fill,ll

ll

Q5.
Choose the correct spelling to complete this sentence: I held onto the...
Correct answer: handle
handel
handl
handll
Q6.
Correct the spelling in bold in the following sentence: I filled my botel with water.
Correct Answer: bottle