Spelling it Right - Learn How to Spell Confidently

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Roger Smith worked in the Civil Service, the Royal Air Force, the television industry, and the coal mining industry before training to be a teacher at Durham University, Bede College. He taught English and Media Studies at a North of England Comprehensive School before retiring from full-time teaching.
He has since worked part-time as a team leader for an English examination board.     

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Memorizing Strategies

Syllables

Consonant Blends

Prefixes

Suffixes

Word endings

Vowels

Plurals

Word games

Wordsearches

Interactive Hangman games

Words in Science, Maths, English, Geography

Other spelling topics

Spelling books

Links

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Advice

The skills you need to be good at spelling
How parents help their kids become better spellers
Video: How parents help their kids become better spellers
Help for adults who are weak spellers
How to use the exercise worksheets

Memorizing strategies

Memorizing strategies for new spellings
(and those nasty weekly word lists)

A video about memorizing new spellings
LOOK-THINK-COVER-WRITE-CHECK practice
Link to two other useful spelling sites
50 commonly misspelled words
A test on 50 common misspellings
Another 50 words commonly misspelled
An interactive test on 50 more misspellings
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Syllables

Breaking words into syllables - a key skill
More about syllables
Even more practice with syllables!
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Consonant Blends

Words starting with consonant blends
More tips on consonant blends
Even more consonant blends!
Yet more consonant blends (they really are important)
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Prefixes

Prefixes make long words easier to spell
Prefixes un- and dis-
Prefixes in-, il-, ir-, im-
Quiz on prefixes in-, il-, im- and ir-
Prefixes - some practice
More prefix practice
Words beginning con- and ex-
Some more prefixes for you
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Suffixes

Why suffixes are important in spelling
Adding a suffix to words ending in silent e
Adding a suffix to words ending -ce and -ge
To double or not to double?
Worksheet - double consonants
Suffixes and stressed syllables
Another activity on double consonants
Adding a suffix to words ending in y
Worksheet - adding suffixes to words ending y
Revision test on suffixes
Adding a suffix to words ending in l
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Word endings

Words ending -ly and -ect
Words ending -ick and -ic
More words ending -ic
Words ending -er, -or and -ar
Quiz on words ending -er, -or and -ar
Words ending -ation
Words ending -ate >>>>> -ation
Words ending -able, -ible
Words ending -ical, -icle, -acle
Words ending -gry
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Vowels

Spelling rule: i before e, or e before i?
A video lesson on the i before e rule
Split digraphs: how vowels are affected by the "magic e"
Bossy E card game
More magic e words
How to spell the schwa sound
Long vowel sounds a
Long vowel sounds e
Long vowel sounds i
Long vowel sounds o
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Plurals

Plural words
Plurals of words ending in 'y'
Plurals of words ending in x, sh, s, ss, and ch
Plurals of words ending in o
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Word games

Shannon's game: all you need is a pen and paper
A Video explaining Shannon's Spelling Game
Word square puzzle
Word chains: a pencil and paper word game
A video showing how to play Word Chains
The Bossy E card game
Crack the Code number 1
Crack the Code number 2
Crack the Code number 3
Crack the Code number 4
Crack the Code number 5
Crack the Code number 6
Crack the Code number 7
Crack the Code number 8
Crack the Code number 9
Crack the Code number 10
See also our wordsearches, interactive hangman games and crosswords
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Wordsearches

Wordsearch: the i before e rule
Wordsearch: words starting with prefix dis-
Wordsearch: consonant blends
Wordsearch: words ending -ation
Wordsearch: words ending -ic and -ick
Wordsearch: words ending -ible and -able
Word search: words starting with prefix un-
Word search: suffixes and words ending y
Wordsearch: words ending -ical, -acle, -icle
Wordsearch: words having long vowel sound a
Wordsearch: plurals of words ending ch,s,sh,ss,x
Wordsearch: words having long vowel sound e
Wordsearch: words having long vowel sound i
Wordsearch: words having long vowel sound o
Wordsearch: words ending -er, -or and -ar
Wordsearch: words starting with common prefixes
Wordsearch: words having the "magic e"
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Interactive Hangman games

(Hangman games work better in Chrome or Firefox browsers)

Hangman: suffixes -able and -ible practice
Hangman: the i before e rule
Hangman: words starting bl, br, cr, cl, dr
Hangman: words starting fl, fr, gr, gl
Hangman: words starting thr, tr, tw
Hangman: words starting ch, k, ph and g
Hangman: words starting wh, c or sc
Hangman: words starting pl and pr
Hangman: words which have the "magic" e
Hangman: words ending -er, -or and -ar
Hangman: words starting sc, sh, sl, sm, sn, sp, squ, st, and sw
Hangman: plurals of words ending -y
Hangman: adding vowel suffixes to words endin -y
Hangman: to double or not to double?
Hangman: words starting in-, il-, im- and ir-
Hangman: words having the long vowel sound "a"
Hangman: words having the long vowel sound "e"
Hangman: words having the long vowel sound "i"
Hangman: words having the long vowel sound "o"
Hangman: words ending -ick and-ic
Hangman: words beginning sw, tr, thr, tw
Hangman: words ending -ation
Hangman: words ending ical, icle, acle
Hangman: 50 commonly misspelled words
Hangman: Another 50 words commonly misspelled
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Words in Science, Maths, English, Geography

Words used in Science lessons
More words for Science
How to spell Mathematical words
More Maths words
Useful words in English lessons
More useful words for English lessons
Words you'll meet in Geography lessons
More useful words in Geography lessons
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Other spelling topics

Homophones: they're, their, there
Homophones: it's and its
Homophones: two, too and to
Test yourself on these homophones
Words starting c-, k-, ch- etc
Words starting s-, c-, sc- etc
Proofreading: even when using a spell checker
A proofreading exercise
For Parents of reluctant readers
A lesson on apostrophe marks
A test on the apostrophe
Alphabetical order
Alphabet practice
American and British spelling differences
Revision: list of words beginning bl-, br-, cl-, cr-, dr-
Revision: list of words beginning fl-, fr-, gl-, and gr-
Revision: list of words beginning pl- and pr-
Revision: list of words beginning sc-, scr-, sh-, and sk-
Revision: list of words beginning with prefix un-
Revision: list of words beginning with prefix dis-
Revision: list of verbs ending -ate
The inconsistencies of English spelling and pronunciation
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Links

Links to other helpful web sites
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