Use our step-by-step spelling lesson plans for spelling success! You and your students will gain confidence in spelling in tricky words by progressing methodically through key concepts.
The printable lesson includes ten steps for spelling success. Shown here are just a few of the steps in this important lesson. This lesson is suitable for grades 5 and up, including ESL students and adults.
See our list of 285 IE/EI words for more practice.
Memorize this rule. It doesn’t always work, but
it will help
you with many of these tricky words.
Put i before e
Except after c
Or when sounded like a
As in neighbor and weigh.
Now let’s look at each part of the rule, one piece at a time.
Put i before e…
IE words that fit the rule: achieve, belief, believe, brief, chief, die, field, fierce, friend, grief, grieve, niece, pie, piece, relief, retrieve, shield, siege, thief, tie, view, yield
Finish spelling these words:
th __ f br___ f fr___ nd gr___ f n___ce
rel___ f f ___ ld y ____ ld v___w ach ___ ve
Write sentences for these words: shield piece believe
Check your answers at the end of this lesson.
Except after c…
EI words that fit the rule: ceiling, conceive, conceited, deceive, perceive, receipt, receive
Finish spelling these words:
rec ___pt conc___ted perc ___ve
Write sentences for these words: receive ceiling deceiveCheck your answers at the end of this lesson.
Now practice both sets of words that you’ve learned so far. Finish the words.
1. The winds blew so f___rcely that no one could bel___ ve
the damage they caused.
2. I will need a rec___pt for the money you rec____ved from me.
3. My mom was so rel ___ved to have the bathroom c___ling painted.
4. The th ___ f did not ...
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