Adding the -ly suffix

This is going to be a short post but it’s accompanied by a four page pdf to get you started.

It’s another chance to stress three important things about teaching spelling.

1. You can avoid potentially confusing rules if you have consistent spelling conversations about

syllables

sounds

graphemes

endings

suffixes

2. Don’t teach only the exceptions. Let your students experience the fact that, most of the time, you add -ly without changing anything. Hearing without practising makes it just another rule to remember.

Make sure they work with those words that show up on ‘hard to spell’ lists like the ‘dirty 30’ of my last post.

definitely

extremely

immediately

sincerely

3. Get to know the exceptions before you teach them. You will discover further quirks and exceptions together but get confident about the 3 main ones:

words ending in the <le> syllable  possible/possibly

words ending in the <y> syllable (representing the /ee/ sounds)  speedy/speedily

words ending in the <ic> syllable  terrific/terrifically

Download the full pdf here.

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