Spelling words ending ic and ick

    As I've pointed out before, the end of a word is often
    hard to hear because we tend to run one word into another
    when speaking.
    A sound you can usually hear quite clearly is -ick or -ic.
    Same sound but two spellings. However there is a simple way
    to spot the difference.

    1. Look at the following words and copy them in the spaces: 
    Ending -ick

    Ending -ic

    kick

    traffic

    click

    panic

    trick

    Titanic

    chick

    ethnic

    sick

    clinic

    Did you spot the difference? The words with only one
    syllable end in -ick.
    The words having more than one syllable end in -ic.
    There are only a few exceptions to this pattern and these
    usually happen where two words are joined together as in
    homesick and candlestick.

    2. On a spare piece of paper write down all the words you can
    think of that end with -ick. Work your way through the
    alphabet, not forgetting words that start with two consonants such as brick. How many can you find?
    We thought of twenty without much trouble. Can you beat that?

    3. Now memorize the focus words and test yourself on them.
    Click here for a wordsearch on ic and ick endings and a hangman puzzle on this pattern

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    3. Now memorize the focus words and test yourself on them.
    Click here for a wordsearch on ic and ick endings and a hangman puzzle on this pattern


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Focus words

fantastic

traffic

automatic

quick

brick

stick

apologetic

ethnic

drastic

picnic