Weekly Lists

List 19

Spellings for /ch/ and /j/

ch-, -tch

j-, -dge, -ge

When you hear /ch/ in initial position of a syllable, it is spelled digraph ch.

When you hear /ch/ in final position AFTER A SHORT VOWEL, /ch/ is reliably spelled -tch.

After ANY other sound, final /ch/ is reliably spelled -ch.

When you hear /j/ in initial position, it is spelled j-.

When you hear /j/ in final position after a short vowel, /j/ is reliably spelled -dge.

After ANY other sound, final /j/ is spelled -ge.

Final /j/ is never spelled -j!

1. rampage -violent or daredevil behavior

2. grudge - anger held long past the time of the problem

3. scorch - to burn on the surface

4. crunched - crushed or chewed with a crackling sound

5. twitching - sudden jerking

6. stretching - making longer or reaching out

7. smudge - blurry streak or indistinct spot

8. huge - very big in size

9. restitch - sew again

10. unlatched - unlocked

Challenge Words:

engagement- appointment or plan

challenge- something that tests your skill or ability

lounging - relaxing leisurely and taking it easy


Learned Words:

splurge - to spend an unusually large amount of money

church - a building where people go to worship

strangely - in a way that is unusual or surprising


List 18

Irregular Patterns for /er/ - Bossy R

When you hear the sound /er/ in a word, it is reliably spelled combination -er.

ALL other spelling patterns for /er/ -ar, -or, -ir, -ur are unreliable and those words must be

memorized.

Note: This list is not shortened this week since this is a pattern which must be memorized.

1. stir - move a spoon through liquid

2. shirt - clothing for the upper body

3. dollar - standard unit of money in U.S.

4. femur - large leg bone between the hip and knee

5. doctor - a person who practices medicine

6. author - the creator of a written work

7. stellar - highest quality or outstanding

8. curve - a bent line with no sharp angles

9. savor - to take particular pleasure or delight in

10. whirlpool - a powerful jet of or circular current of water

11. Saturday - the day between Friday and Sunday

12. thirsty - needing or wanting water

13. birthday - the date on which a person is born

14. further - additionally, more or to a greater extent

Challenge Words:

recurring - happening over and over again

surprising - something sudden and unexpected

furnished - supplied with or decorated


Learned Words:

earth - the third planet from the sun

sugar - a sweet natural substance added to food

sure - certain, without a doubt




List 17

Prefixes re-, pre-, and mis-

A prefix is a letter or letters added to the beginning of a base/root word to change the word's form and use in a sentence.

re- is a prefix which means "again" or "away".

pre- is a prefix which means "before".

mis- is a prefix which means "bad" or "wrong".

Many prefixes JUST ADD to the beginning of the base/root word.

1. rebound

2. recap

3. refund

4. miscue

5. mistrust

6. misspell

7.misprint

8. pretest

9. prefix

10. prescribe

Challenge Words:

misunderstand

misbehave

prepared

Learned Words:

rebuild

return

misread


List 16

Prefixes un- and dis-

A prefix is a letter or letters added to the beginning of a base/root word to change the word's form and use in a sentence.

dis- is a prefix which means "apart" or "away".

un- is a prefix which means "not" or "opposite".

Many prefixes JUST ADD to the beginning of the base/root word.

1. disable

2. discard

3. dismiss

4. dislocate

5. dismount

6. unplug

7. unbuckle

8. untidy

9. untrue

10. unzip

11. unrest

Challenge Words:

unlikely

disorderly


Learned Words:

unsaid

disturb

undone

List 15

The DROPPING Pattern for Suffixes

A base word or root word is a simple English word.

A suffix is a letter or letters added to the end of a base/root word to change the word's form and use

in a sentence.

The spelling of a suffix never changes.

When the suffix begins with a consonant, it is labeled as a consonant suffix.

When a suffix begins with a vowel, it is labeled as a vowel suffix.

Knowing this helps us reliably spell the new word when adding a suffix.

-y is a vowel suffix which means "marked by", "having" or "with".

-ing is a vowel suffix which means "happening right now".

-ed is a vowel suffix which means "happened in the past".

-er is a vowel suffix which means "one who", "that which" or "more than".

-est is a vowel suffix which means "the most".

When adding a vowel suffix to a base/root word that ends in silent e, DROP the e and

attach the suffix.

1. shining

2. blamed

3. cuter

4. nibbling

5. cutest

6. peddled

7. server

8. closest

9. flaky

10. slimy

Challenge Words:

escaping

competed

exploding

Learned Words:

received

also

anything


Week 14

Final stable syllable -le

When you hear an unaccented final syllable ending with a consonant sound and then (l), that syllable is reliably spelled consonant-l-e. This is called a final stable syllable.

When you hear a short vowel sound before the final stable syllable, you double the medial

consonant.

When you hear final (k)(l) after a short vowel sound, (k) will be spelled ck because k never

doubles.

When you hear final (s)(l) after a short vowel sound, (s) will be spelled st because the words

used to be pronounced with the (t) sound in them! (s) is spelled ss in only a few words.


1. puzzle

2.nibble

3.hustle

4.struggle

5. whistles

6. wrestle

7.freckles

8. sniffle

9. crackle

10.topple

Challenge Words:

tussle

hassle

apostle

Learned Words:

trouble

double

beautiful





Week 13 .

JUST ADD and DOUBLING Pattern for Suffixes

A base word or root word is a simple English word.

A suffix is a letter or letters added to the end of a base/root word to change the word's form and use in

a sentence.

When the suffix begins with a consonant, it is labeled as a consonant suffix. When a suffix begins with

a vowel, it is labeled as a vowel suffix. Knowing this helps us reliably spell the new word when adding

a suffix.

-ing is a vowel suffix which means "happening right now".

-ed is a vowel suffix which means "happened in the past".

-er is a vowel suffix which means "one who", "that which", or "more than".

-est is a vowel suffix which means "the most".

When adding a vowel suffix to a base/root word containing a vowel team or ending in two

consonants, JUST ADD the suffix.

When adding a vowel suffix to a base/root word ending in one vowel-one consonant and is

accented, you must DOUBLE the final consonant and attach the suffix.

Week 13

1. dimmed

2. skipped

3. lifted

4. rubbing

5. maddest

6. nodded

7.cooler

8. bigger

9. pointed

10.counting

Challenge Words:

expanded

opening

beginning

Learned Words:

though

goes

does

Week 12

Unaccented a -

Sounds like short u

1. amount

2. alike

3. around

4. about

5. abrupt

6. adopt

7. along

8. apart

9. adore

10.awake

Challenge Words:

umbrella

across

Oklahoma

Learned Words:

above

another

again


Week 11

Open Syllables


Open syllable = long vowel sound made with one vowel

1. hibernate

2. meter

3. apron

4. stipend

5. human

6. unit

7. clover

8. icon

9. siren

10.cubic

Challenge Words:

educate

horizon

superb

Learned Words:

island

ocean

people


Week 10

Suffixes

A base word / root word

is a simple English word.

A suffix is added to the end of a

base/root word to change

the word's form and meaning


-ly = "like, how, when"

-ment = "the act of" or

"the state or condition of"

-ness = "the quality of" or "the condition of"

-less = "without"

-ful = "full of" or "the quantity needed to fill"


1. costly

2. blankly

3. basement

4. blissful

5. rudely

6. fondness

7. shyly

8. spotless

9. shipment

10. hopeless

Challenge Words:

thankfulness

requirement

entirely

Learned Words:

always

greatness

many


Week 9

Final long vowel sound

ā)= digraph ay

(ē)= digraph ee or vowel y

(ī)= vowel y

(ō)= digraph ow

(ū)= digraph ue


1. shallow

2. window

3. firefly

4. display

5. rescue

6. supply

7. three

8. agree

9. away

10. party

Challenge Words:

committee

scarecrow

continue

Learned Words:

money

value

know



Week 8

Double Consonant

Accented and Unaccented Syllables - The vowel sound in an unaccented syllable, especially the final syllable, can be spelled -o instead of -u.

1. seldom

2. common

3. lesson

4. bottom

5. ballot

6. canyon

7. gallop

8. cotton

9. blossom

10. kingdom

Challenge Words:

boredom

freedom

consonant

Learned Words:

welcome

city

Monday


Week 7

Double Consonant

1. rabbit

2. happen

3. sudden

4. attic

5. hammer

6. better

7. fossil

8. butter

9. puppy

10. gossip

Challenge Words:

bracket

bucket

different

Learned Words:

pretty

listen

dozen


Week 6

Bossy R

-er, -ar, -or


1. rather

2. hermit

3. garment

4. farther

5. swerve

6. carve

7. forbid

8. border

9. power

10. market

Challenge Words:

persistent

expertise

answer

Learned Words:

father

mother

third


Week 5:

VCCV WORDS:

Syllable Division VC / CV

When you hear /k/:

-after a short vowel in a two

or more syllable word

it is usually -c

absent

hectic

splendid

index

tablet

trumpet

metric

picnic

frantic

public

Challenge Words:

majestic

electric

athletic

Learned Words:

often

other

brother


Week 4

Diphthongs

two vowel sounds that blend into one

When you hear /oy/:

-oi … first or middle syllable

-oy … final position


When you hear /ow/:

-ou … first or middle syllable

-ow … final position

-ow … before final -n or -l

hoist

poison

ploy

oyster

convoy

mound

sour

chow

plow

scowl


Challenge words:

countdown

royal

appoint

Learned words:

should

outcome

thousand



Week 3:

Reliable spellings of /ch/ and compound words:

When you hear /ch/:

-tch … after a short vowel

-ch… after a consonant

after two vowels

beginning of a word

lunchroom

matchstick

backpack

checkbook

backbone

landscape

footprint

landmark

bathtub

windswept


Challenge Words:

grandchildren

butterscotch

basketball


Learned Words:

anybody

someone

sometimes


Week 2:

Reliable spellings of /k/:

kick

stock

slick

scalp

clang

craft

crane

drink

creep

stink

Challenge Words:

confuse

confiscate

capsule

Learned Words:

some

school

cent


Week 1:

Closed Syllables and Silent -e Syllables:

chose

smile

handshake

stampede

concrete

strike

costume

thrive

athlete

share

Challenge Words:

complete

timberline

envelope

Learned Words:

come

city

are