5 Tips to Become a Better Speller
Literacy Place: March 2018
It is almost impossible to become a good speller if you do not read. The two go hand in hand. The more you read, the more vocabulary you build and the more you will know how to spell different words.
Make sure to expose yourself to different types of texts. These include but are not limited to: newspapers, novels, blogs, magazines, books, etc. This way, your brain recognizes spelling patterns and is able to pick up on them more quickly.
3. Root Words:
Becoming familiar with root words is helpful since we tend to get confused with prefixes and suffixes, which makes spelling harder. Recognizing the roots of words will make spelling much easier.
Writing frequently helps you spell more accurately. Usually, the more you write, the more you will be able to recognize which words “look right” and it will come naturally to you next time you spell that word. Having a dictionary at hand also helps to make sure it is correct.
5. Spelling Rules: Familiarize yourself with common rules:
• “i before e except after c”
• “The letter y preceded by a consonant changes to i before a suffix”
• “Most words drop the final silent e before a suffix beginning with a vowel”
• “When adding a suffix to a word that ends with a single consonant after a single vowel and stressing the last syllable in the pronunciation of the word, the final consonant is doubled.”
GameAquarium: spelling games
Interactive Spelling Bee: Grade 1-8 Grades 9-10 Grades 11-12
Spelling City: vocabulary and spelling
Spelling Worksheets: beginning & intermediate by subjects