When learning difficult spelling words seems like a long, uphill climb, remember that we're here to help!
One set of particularly difficult words are those that are spelled with the ei or ie vowel combination. We've compiled a printable list of 285 for you study. Some words on the list are useful for elementary students, others are appropriate for high school students, ESL students and adults.
lesson plans will help you master these tricky spelling
words. See more ideas, and links to more word lists, at the
bottom of the page.
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Step-By-Step Spelling Lesson Plans - Here's a very methodical way to teach, or learn, those tricky IE/EI words. Great for ESL students, upper elementary students, or adults. You can use every step of this lesson, or just the ones that you need. This free printable lesson includes a link to big list of IE/EI words for extra study and practice.
Step-by-Step Lesson - This lesson methodically teaches when to double, and when not to double, the final consonant when adding suffixes.
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