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Applying the spellings 'ee', 'ea' and 'e-e' in familiar words

I can spell words containing the three most common representations of the 'ee' phoneme: 'ee', 'ea' and 'e-e'.

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Applying the spellings 'ee', 'ea' and 'e-e' in familiar words

I can spell words containing the three most common representations of the 'ee' phoneme: 'ee', 'ea' and 'e-e'.

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Key learning points

  1. 'ee' and 'ea' are common spellings of the 'ee' phoneme.
  2. e-e' is a representation of the 'ee' phoneme that is often found 'last but one'.
  3. Some words do not follow the rule, meaning they are an exception, such as 'even'.
  4. How to spell the common exception words: door, floor and poor.

Common misconception

Even is an exception to the rule when looking at generalisations for the e-e split digraph.

Explicitly refer to this during teaching and ensure practise is given to spelling exception words.

Keywords

  • Phoneme - the smallest unit of sound

  • Grapheme - the letter or group of letters that represent a sound

  • Common - a spelling that appears very often

  • Homophone - words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings

  • Exception - a spelling that does not follow the usual or expected rule or pattern

Say the words in a simple sentence when you introduce them to ensure that the class understand their meaning. Use images and contexts when teaching homophones.
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6 Questions

Q1.
Match each word to the number of phonemes it contains.
Correct Answer:delete,5

5

Correct Answer:see,2

2

Correct Answer:cheat,3

3

Q2.
Select the correct word to complete the sentence so it makes sense. 'I would never __________ a cookie from the cookie jar.'
Correct answer: steal
steel
stele
Q3.
Choose two more spellings that can also represent the sound 'ee' like in tree.
Correct answer: e-e
Correct answer: ea
oe
i
ay
Q4.
Choose two words that rhyme with the word steam.
keep
Correct answer: team
steal
Correct answer: dream
freeze
Q5.
Choose the correct spelling of the word to complete this sentence. 'The __________ finished the race in a record time.'
athleet
Correct answer: athlete
afleat
Q6.
Choose the correct spelling of the word to complete this sentence. 'My younger brother is __________ years old.'
Correct answer: three
free
threa

6 Questions

Q1.
Select the correct spelling to match the sentence. 'The __________ opened behind me.'
dore
Correct answer: door
dor
Q2.
Select the word which is an exception to our 'e-e' spelling rule.
Correct answer: even
delete
these
serene
Q3.
Match the homophones.
Correct Answer:sea,see

see

Correct Answer:weak,week

week

Correct Answer:meat,meet

meet

Correct Answer:feat,feet

feet

Q4.
Correct the spelling in bold in the following sentence. Your garden is looking very grean this year.
Correct Answer: green
Q5.
Correct the spelling in bold in the following sentence. They defended the goal well and didn't conceed a single goal.
Correct Answer: concede
Q6.
Correct the spelling in bold in the following sentence. I cannot wait to 'eet' my lunch.
Correct Answer: eat